Daily Archives: May 31, 2020

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Bales, 95, Wellington: June 20, 1924 – May 27, 2020

Gerry Bales

Gerald “Jerry” A. Bales, 95, of Wellington, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Wellington Health and Rehab in Wellington.

Mass of Christian Burial will be private for the family. Visitation will be Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 12 until 5 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. No family reception is planned. A Memorial has been established with the St. Anthony/St. Rose Restoration Project for the Bells, and Chisholm Trail Museum. Donations may be left with Shelley Family Funeral Home, PO Box 555, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visit

Gerald Aldon Bales was born June 20, 1924, the son of Everett and Texas Ola Mae (Fenn) Bales in Americus, KS. He grew up in Clovis, New Mexico. After the family moved to Kansas, he graduated from Herington High School and attended Kansas State University before joining the United States Army. While serving his country during World War II, Jerry was struck by a phosphorous shell outside his foxhole in Saarbrucken, Germany. He was flown to England and then transferred to Valley Forge hospital in Ohio where he spent almost two years convalescing and receiving 13 pioneering graft surgeries.

Sunday Blog: You and I may be over the pandemic, but is it over?

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I don’t know if we have flattened the curve, made a dent on the spread of COVID-19 or if we have built up some natural immunity to this virus, but I do know one thing. We are over it.

Friday, the Sumner County Commissioners approved the emergency order from Health Officer Laura Rettig that opens up gatherings as high as 60 people (see story here). In 19 days, it will be a free-for-all, unless the COVID-19 numbers spike.

From the people I have talked to, they are over it. Judging from the many adversarial posts on social media, a large bulk of you are certainly over it.

Honestly, I’m over it, and I’m a social distancing kind of guy.

I went to church last week and enjoyed the experience. I still didn’t listen to the sermon, but it is better than not listening online (joking, pastor). I have enjoyed eating out and getting food not served on styrofoam.

I would like to go to a sporting event soon and take a picture of a swim-team champion. Please, please, please have a football season. I know that is selfish of me, but I love it so.

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