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H. Lynn Bale

H. Lynn Bale, age 56, of Chatham, formerly of Quincy, died Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at 11:00 am in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois.

Lynn was born September 18, 1962 in Rushville, IL the son of Hobson and Linda Lynn Bale. He married Cathy Lafferty September 20, 1991 in Quincy. She survives.

Lynn was a graduate of Liberty High School and attended Western Illinois University. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Marketing from Quincy College and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Illinois Springfield.

Lynn was employed by WDM in Quincy before moving to Springfield in 1991. He then was employed at Central Management Services of the State of Illinois.

Lynn was a member of Sugar Creek United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Quincy Jaycees, where he served as president, and the Chatham Jaycees. He was a Den Leader for Pack 79 and Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 310. He coached youth soccer, loved golf, and was an avid bicyclist. He and Cathy had a little sister in the Big Brother/Big Sister program in Springfield. Following his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease, Lynn loved the Rock Steady Boxing Program at Memorial Hospital and the friends he made there.

In addition to his wife, Cathy, Lynn is survived by his son, Christopher James Bale of Chatham, a student at St. Louis University, his parents, Hobson and Linda Bale of Quincy, a brother Terry (Dana) Bale of Louisville, KY, a sister Nicole ‘Nickie’ Scranton of Quincy, six nieces and nephews, Adam, Evan, Nicholas and Kate Bale and Cody (Kristie) and Riley Scranton, and two great nieces Kenna Rae and Scarlett.

Services: 11:00 am Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 1022 New City Rd, Chatham, IL 62629., with Rev. Paul Dinges officiating.

Burial: Stout Cemetery, Chatham, Illinois

Visitation: 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Saturday November 10, 2018 at Sugar Creek United Methodist Church

Memorials: Christopher Bale College Fund or Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s at Memorial Sports Care.


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. Hob, Linda, Terry, Nicki and families,
    Cathy and Chris,
    Although we have never met , Cathy, I have know the family for many years.
    Hob was my principal, teacher and Sunday school teacher. I babysat the kids and watched them grow. Our paths crossed again in my adult career.
    l can not imagine the pain you all feel.
    We are not to judge, yet at times like these it is hard to not. This family has been given more to endure than any should have to. My prayer is that our gracious God will continue to grant you strength and peace until we are united once again in his Heavenly Home on high! My deepest and heartfelt sympathy is being sent your way. Gilberta McNeff /Dorsey

  2. Cathy & Chris… somehow I just learned of Lynn’s passing in November!! I’m so terribly sorry for your loss, but I know he he is so very proud of how you both are moving forward. Continued prayers for both of you. Sending a long distance hug to both of you!! ❤️

  3. So sorry to hear about Lynn’s passing. I sent to school and we graduated together. He was a nice guy and he will truley be missed.

  4. Mr. and Mrs. Bale, we just learned of the passing of Lynn. I know the last time we talked his Parkinson’s was getting worse. Prayers to both of you and Lynn’s family.

  5. Mr. and Mrs. Bale,
    My husband and I send our deepest sympathies to you, Terry and Dana, Nicole, Adam, Evan, Nicholas and Kate, Cody, Kristie and Riley, and Kenna Rae and Scarlett.

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Matthew 5:4 –
    Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted

    Revelation 21:4
    And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” —

  6. Cathy and Christopher, We are struggling to find any words whatsoever to express our deepest sympathies in the loss of your soulmate and Christopher’s best friend in a father. There are none.

    Please know how much we love you and we are always here for you.

    One day at at time is all you can do, and that’s ok.

    You are both are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

    Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). The Lord will wrap His arms of love and comfort around those who trust in Him.

    “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3). Lean on God and allow Him to continue the process of healing your broken heart.

    Love, Debbie and Kim Reed

  7. We had a lot of fun with Lynn at Brown County Schools. Many pleasant memories of Lynn and the Bale family. Love and prayers from the Kerley family to the Bale families . May God be with you all. John and Shelley Kerley

  8. Dear Hobson and Linda,
    We are thinking of you with sincere compassion as we learn of the passing of your son. We extend our heartfelt sympathy

  9. Hobson and Linda, we are so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and to the rest of Lynn’s family.

  10. So sorry to hear about the loss of Lynn. May God hold each of you close and bring peace in the midst of your storm.

  11. Mr. & Mrs. Bale, I am so very sorry to read about Lynn’s passing. I have such fond memories of our grade school years. He always was so much fun to be around. Prayers for your family.

  12. So sad to hear of Lynn’s passing. He was a great person, and always very kind to me. My deepest sympathies to the family.

  13. So sorry for your loss. May God grant you comfort and peace during your time of loss and sorrow.

  14. I am very sorry for the Bale family. May Lynn rest in peace. I have found memories of when Lynn and I played as young children. From what I read of his life he and his family have much to be proud of.
    God Bless.
    Ed Schneider

  15. Cathy and Christopher, I am so very sorry. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you. Love you.

  16. Hobson, Linda and The Bale Family
    Sending my deepest condolences at this difficult time. Thinking of all of you and sending you positive thoughts. So sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing.
    Chad Stevenson

  17. Dear Family – I am sorry for your loss – I can still see Lynn ‘negotiating’ with a stubborn golf cart while working the cart races in South Park for the Jaycees – I wish you peace


  19. Hobson and Linda so sorry about Lynn’s psssing. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to your entire family. Always missed you guys in Mt. sterling . Remember Lynn from little league . Love to you all.

  20. Hobson and Linda so sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to your entire family.

  21. Cathy, Christopher, Hobson, Linda, Terry, Nickie – my deepest condolences. The Bale family will be in thought and prayers during this difficult time.

  22. My deepest condolences, Hobson, Linda, Terry, Nikki, Cathy, Christopher. The Bale family will be in thought and prayer.

  23. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Lynn was a wonderful person and will be remembered always. Love, Sandi and Gary McCaskill

  24. So sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. He was a good friend and a very nice person. My sympathies to Mr. and Mrs. Bale and to my classmate Terry, Nicki and your families.

  25. Hobson and Linda, we are so so sorry to hear this. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers! John and Janet Miley

  26. Linda and Hobson—- we are sorry for your loss. May God comfort you all. Prayers are sent. We know that Lynn will not suffer no more. He’ll be smiling down on his whole family

  27. Linda & Hob, I am so sorry for your loss. May God Give you peace & comfort in the days ahead and

  28. Please know we are praying for all of you! We feel he has been taken from us too soon. Please, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help. We are planning to be there Saturday morning. Sincerely forever your friends,
    Don and Diana McCleary (and the other 16 of us!)

  29. Hobson and Linda we are praying for you and family. Please let us know if we can be of any help to you

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