Ira Lester Scales Sr. passed away on April 13, 2019 at Chapman Valley Manor, Chapman, Kansas. He was 83 years of age.

He was born March 29, 1936, in Watertown, New York, to Melvin and Florence (Snyder) Scales and was the youngest of 10 children. After school, Ira joined the United States Air Force, where he proudly served for over 20 years and retired as a TSGT. One of his last assignments was as commander of Smoky Hill Bombing Range near Salina, Kansas.

He married Mary Kathryn and together they had four children: Ira Jr., James, Wayne and Kathy. After Mary’s death, Ira married Janice Scales and they celebrated 40 years of marriage.

After retiring from the military, Ira went to work at Fort Riley, Kansas, as a boiler operator and supervisor of his department. He retired with 20 years of service as a civilian.

Ira was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing and camping with his family as well as gardening. For several years he coached Chapman Legion baseball.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Kathryn, parents Melvin and Florence, and nine siblings.

He is survived by his wife Janice of Chapman, daughter Kathy Jennings and Bruce McAntee of Solomon, sons Ira L. “Skipper” Jr., of Salina, James, of California, and Wayne (Marsha), of Abilene, four stepchildren, grandchildren Brianna Rose Scales, Amanda Kathryn Scales, Sara Long, Christopher Jennings, Chelsea Jennings, and Alex Fetters, great-grandchildren Roen Jennings and Tobin James Scales, and several stepgrandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a rosary at 6:30 p.m. at Londeen Funeral Home, Chapman, Kansas.  Services will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 17, at 4 p.m., with Father John Wolesky officiating. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, Chapman. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Londeen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.

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Les "grandpa scales" was a dear friend of ours who we have come to know over almost 12 years. He and his wife Janice, have been like family that whole time. Our kids all know them as grandma and grandpa scales. We were more than neighbors, they both are our friends. Our kids helped them clean their house.,do yard work, and,even go hang out at their house playing pool or watching tv with them and we all went to dinners with them too. When my husband was deployed, I was doing yard work one time and fell into a hole in thr ground and Les came running over to help me out. He was just a kind, loving man who loved us and our children like they were his own family. He and my husband would spend,many days talking about military days with one another like they had grown up together. A relationship you just don't get from meeting just anyone. Once we retired from the military, we moved from Chapman for a new job, but continued to stay close to them and remain in contact. Summer vacations to Chapman were added in our trip planning as our kids wouldnt have had it any other way and we were Always happy to see them. The kids were always asking to see grandma and grandpa scales. Even once he became a resident of Chapman Valley Manor. It saddens all of our hearts and he will be greatly missed but I know our God in heaven is taking care of him now. With much love to the Scales family from our house in Texas to yours. Shawn, Michelle, Tori and Ciara Ferris


Awe, I'm saddened to hear about the loss of "Grandpa" Scales. We've heard such WONDERFUL things about Grandpa Scales. He lived behind my sister and her family (The Ferris') for several years when they were stationed at Fort Riley. They always were talking about Grandma/Grandpa Scales. The relationship that I had the pleasure to watch grow just made my heart melt. I'm glad that they were able to visit with him last summer on their "way home" from our house in Texas. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family & friends of this great man.
James, Alison, Zachary & Dakota Bauernfeind

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