BURLINGTON — Larry Vincent Gales, 71, Burlington, passed away Friday July 26, 2013, at his home.
He was born Jan. 20, 1942, in Belpre, the son of Vincent and Florence (Frazee) Gales.
Larry graduated from Belpre-Trousdale High School in 1960. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He continued to serve his country in the U.S. Army Reserves, when he retired in 1995 as a Master Sgt. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Kansas State Teachers College, now known at Emporia State University. He married Kathy Hoffman Aug. 26, 1967, in Parsons.
He worked in personnel at Emporia State until 1978 before becoming the administrator for the Mental Health Center in Concordia. He served as hospital administrator at Wellington, Greensburg and Johnson, Kansas.
He was human resources director at St. Joseph Hospital in Concordia. He worked as human resources director for Coffey Health Systems in Burlington from 1998 to 2009.
He was a member of the Burlington United Methodist Church and the Burlington Rotary Club. He served on the Coffey Health Systems board, Southeast Kansas Work Force Committee and the Coffey County Council on Aging. He was a Republican Precinct Committee Person who served in the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy, of the home; his son, Scott Gales (Cheryl), Topeka; two daughters, Kristel Gales, Dodge City, and Kari Gales, Overland Park; grandchildren, Morgan, Ally, and Jake Gales; brothers and sisters, Jon Sward, Emporia; Lenny Gales (Donna), Great Bend; Beth Seba, Belle Plaine; Joyce Korf, Salina; Phyllis Rodgers (Dale), Gridley; Kelvin Gales (Debbie), Kansas City, Mo.; Janel Martin (Roland), Belpre; and Randy Gales, Lyndon; and 20 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Connie and Janet Gales.
The family will meet with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Burlington United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery at Burlington.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Coffey County Cancer Support Group or Camp Hope, in care of the funeral home.
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, July 29, 2013