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Robert D. Bale — Rochester

ROCHESTER — The funeral for Robert D. Bale will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rochester, with the Rev. Dale Tupper officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Mr. Bale, 70, of Rochester, died Monday (Sept. 1, 2008) at his home of pancreatic cancer. He had been ill for 20 months.

Born Aug. 22, 1938, in Kasson, he grew up on a farm near Salem Corners and graduated from Byron High School. On Jan. 14, 1967, he married Joan Ferber in Rochester.

Mr. Bale was an inspector for the city of Rochester. In retirement, he drove a school bus and the courtesy van for the local Ford dealership. His wife is a retired travel agent. Mr. Bale enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, hunting, baking, and gardening.

He is survived by four daughters, Kathy Hanson of Farmington, Minn., Sandra (Pat) Hrtanek of Dodge Center, Angela Seefeldt of Rochester and Karen (Craig) Imm of Spring Valley; a son, Jeffrey (Josephine) of Byron; eight grandchildren; a sister, Marion (Lyle) Bateman of Stewartville; and two brothers, Kenneth of Rochester and Gerald (Mabel) of Byron. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester.

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