Harold L. Scales
Harold L. Scales, 92, of Bandera, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, in a Kerrville hospital. He was born on Sept. 2, 1920 in Orange, Texas to Foster and Maggie Davis Scales.
After enlisting in the United States Army in the late 1930s at Fort Clark Springs in Brackettville, Harold transferred into the Army Air Corps, where he played a trumpet in the service band.
On June 6, 1944, he married Dorothy Louise Brewer in Pecos.
During World War II, he was stationed in England, serving as a bombardier on a B-17 for the air force, flying 28 missions. Harold's plane was shot down in Germany twice. The second time occurred in Berlin, and eight of the nine-man crew were captured. He was moved to a POW camp, where he would be held for nine months until the Russians liberated the camp.
After the war, Harold returned to Texas and worked for Humble Oil in Beaumont, before being transferred to Houston. He also worked in Colorado before retiring in 1979.
After retirement, Harold and Dorothy moved first to Uvalde and then to Bandera.
He had a special way with animals, and they loved to be around him.
Harold is survived by his wife Dorothy Louise Scales; brother Roland T. Scales; children, Patsy E. Shindle, Pamela A. Imhoff, Todd W. Scales and Glenn M. Scales; grandchildren, Corby Allbright, Johnathan Burra, Michael Shindle, Maggie Shindle, David Shindle, Victoria Scales, Kristy Scales, Cody Scales, Jacob Scales and Jeffrey Shindle; great-grandchildren, Jeremy Shindle, Zane Allbright and Ty Allbright; and great-great-grandchildren, Shawn Shindle and Kea Shindle.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera with Pastor Roland T. Scales officiating. A graveside ceremony took place Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with honors.
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Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapel of Bandera.