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.