Lawrence J. Bale

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 February 2020 at 9:16 pm

Lawrence BaleLawrence J. “Larry” Bale, 65, of Knowlesville, died Jan. 31, 2020 at his home following a short illness, with his wife, children and grandchildren by his side. He was born Feb. 25, 1954 to Raymond and Beatrice Bale and was a lifelong resident of this area.

Larry was a former peace officer for the Village of Lyndonville in the 1970s. He also served as a member of the Orleans County Auxiliary Police and worked as a park ranger at Lakeside State Park. He was also a former member of the Ridgeway Fire Department but, by far, his favorite job and passion was working as a farm equipment operator for Kast Farms. Larry’s passion for giving back to his community was an important part of his life, and he instilled it in many, especially his boys, by always abiding by the principle of creating leaders, not followers.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jeanne; his sons, David (Janelle) McAdoo of Barker, Travis (Melanie Lusk) McAdoo of Medina, Matthew (Jennifer) McAdoo of Middleport and Christian (Jena Hemphill) Bale of Albion; brothers, John Bale of Lyndonville, Bill Bale of Medina and Jeff Bale of Lyndonville; sister, Dawn (Gary) Marciszewski of Medina; four grandchildren, Baileigh, Riley, Piper and Karina; as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Larry’s life on Sat., Feb. 8 beginning at 11 a.m. at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina NY 14103. Interment in West Ridgeway Cemetery will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 684, Medina NY 14103.

Larry’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion. To share a special memory of Larry, please visit