William G. 'Bill' Scales, 79, began an incredible journey July 20, 2004. His loving wife, Eleanor L. Scales, of the family home, survives him. He was a devoted father to William 'Wes' Scales of Las Vegas, Nev. and Lora (Gerald) Ure of Pueblo West, Colo. Also survived by his grandchildren, Rebecca Shaydak of Las Vegas, Nev., Jennie Shaydak and Eric Ure both of Pueblo, Colo. and Aaron Ure of Denver, Colo. Bill was born May 8, 1925, in Eagle Mills, Arkansas, the son of Edwin M. and Grace M. Scales. He was a World War II veteran, serving with a combat assault unit of Navy Seabees. He participated in landings on Guam, Luzon, and Leyte in the Philippines. While serving there, he was wounded and later awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and numerous other commendations. Following WWII, he graduated from the University of Arkansas and joined the U. S. Army as a Special Agent. He was an excellent linguist and was fluent in German, Hungarian, Spanish, and Russian. Bill retired with 22 years of military service and spent the next 28 years as a Senior Residential Appraiser in Pueblo. During that time he served as President of the Southern Colorado Chapter of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers. He currently was serving as trustee in the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and was a member of the Retired Military Officer's Association. He was a member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church for 37 years. Bill will be forever remembered for his imagination, his vast knowledge of the Civil War, his love of rabbits, and his joy with fireworks. The family thanks all those who assisted in his care at the following facilities: Parkview Medical Center, University Care Center, and Sangre de Cristo Hospice (Fuente de la Vida) unit. The care he received at each of these facilities was always exceptional and greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers or food, donations may be made in Bill's honor to Westminster United Presbyterian Church, C/O Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colorado 81003. Private services for Bill will be held at a later date. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Hello all,
    Just wanted to take a minute and thank you for allowing us to care for your loved one. I will always treasure my bunny!!!
    Always in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Although I did not know Mr. Scales, Wes is a good friend of mine and if his father was anything like him I’m sure your lives were filled with joy and laughter. Never let go of those memories. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with your family.

  3. Mrs Scales,
    We are very sorry of your loss. You have our deepest condolences and prayers. Wes has many times spoken of his father whom he dearly respected and loved. Please contact us if there is anything we could do.
    God Bless,
    David and Barbara Ostrow

  4. Wes and Family,

    All I can say is that it was a pleasure growing up across the street from all of you. Mr Scales was one of the most sincere people I have ever met. I will never forget his kindness and generosity. I will truly miss the smile on his face and the stories he told. And to this day, the 4th of July memories are uncomparable.

    My deepest sympathies and prayers are with you and if there is ever anything I may do please do not hesitate to call.

    Godd bless
    Joe Bratina

  5. I wish to send my deepest condolences to Wes and his family. God bless and help you through this difficult time in your lives.

  6. I wish to send my deepest condolences to Wes and his family. God bless and help you through this difficult time in your lives.

  7. Wes, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I know how it is to lose someone so close.If there is anything I can do for you don’t hesitate to ask. Please call me when you get back to Vegas so we can get together. You have always been like a brother to me. Thinking of you and your family, Chris and Myra

  8. We are friends of Wes and wish to express our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Scales and her family for their
    recent loss. Mr. Scales will be in our daily prayer. God Bless.

  9. WES, WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR YOUR FAMILY’S LOSS. OUR PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  10. Wes & Family,

    Our deepest of sympathy to you and your family. I am sure your hearts must hold deep sadness at your loss, may it also hold the blessing of the life you shared together and the love that will always be a part of each you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Regards, Bobby Ball & Monica

  11. Wes, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I was moved when I heard of your loss. May you have strenght during this difficult time. Sincerly, Chris Meloni

  12. Wes, Sorry for the loss of your father I know how close you were with him. Please expres my deepest sympathy to the rest of your family. If there is any thing me and Andrew can do to help please do not hesitate to ask.

    Your Friend
    Edwin Duncan

  13. Our deepest condolences and prayers and with you and your family at this time. We wish you well and if there is anything that we can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask. Sincerely,

  14. Eleanor: So sorry to hear of Bill’s death. He is in a better place. Anything we can do. please call (547 3173) Dick and Anne

  15. Mrs. Scales,
    I am so sorry to hear of you and your family’s loss. Wes has always said wonderful things about Mr. Scales. I know that he will be greatly missed. I wish I would have been able to meet him. If there is anything I can do for you or your family, please know that I am here.
    God Bless,
    Chanda

  16. I’m a Sr. Appraiser for the Pueblo Cnty. Assessors Office. Bill would make me fireworks every 4th of July, then come in after the 4th to see if I still had all my fingers. He was a GOOD friend and will be sadly missed not only by myself but by the entire Assessor’s staff.

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