Calvin Terry Bayles was born on June 1, 1945 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the son of the late H. E. Bayles and Grace Marie (Tomlinson) Bayles. Calvin attended Plainfield High School and completed his senior year of high school at Rushville High School in Rushville, Illinois, graduating in 1963.
He worked as a deckhand on a Mississippi riverboat to pay for his college tuition to Indiana University. He attended IU for two years before getting drafted to the United States Army. He served two years in Vietnam stationed at Phu Loi in the Mortar Platoon, First Battalion, Second Infantry. After coming home from Vietnam, he worked as a butcher at the Standard Grocery in Plainfield.
In the spring of 1969, he and a friend backpacked from Plainfield to Acapulco, Mexico, where the two men worked odd jobs to pay for their living expenses. After spending a few months in Mexico, Calvin returned to the United States to finish college at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Calvin loved to tell the story that he made it all the way to the Registrar's Office at Delta State before changing his mind because he wanted to return to Lebanon to see a young woman who he met one year earlier. He returned to Lebanon with an engagement ring for his bride to be, Linda Lou Wyatt.
Calvin married Linda Wyatt on September 16, 1969. They had one child in 1971, James Anthony Bayles, who survives. The Bayles family resided in Lebanon for their entire marriage. Calvin worked as a Riverboat Captain on the Upper Mississippi River from 1971-84. He worked for the Marion County Building Authority from 1984-94. In 1994, Calvin completed an Associate Degree in HVAC and Electrical Engineering. He worked for the Lebanon School Corporation from 1994 until he retired in 2014. He and his dear friend, Tom Boggess, were co-owners of B & B Enterprises.
Calvin leaves behind his beloved wife of 48 years, Linda (Wyatt) Bayles. His only child, Tony (Jennifer) Bayles of Jamestown. Three grandchildren: Evan Bayles, Elisabeth Bayles, and Ethan Bayles, all of Jamestown. Siblings: Dr. Bruce (Diane) Bayles of Charlotte, N.C., Dr. Pete (Mary Jo) Bayles of Sulphur Springs, La., Betsy (Marc) Smith of Medford, Ore., and the late Timothy E. (Debbie) Bayles of Radcliff, Ky. Calvin also has several nieces, nephews, and cousins who he loved dearly and enjoyed seeing each summer at the annual Tomlinson family reunion in Rushville, Illinois.
Calvin was an avid fan of his grandchildren and their accomplishments in the classroom and in athletics. He enjoyed his 2 p.m. Hardee's coffee crew, rarely missing an opportunity to visit. He enjoyed hiking and canoeing at Indiana State Parks, ziplining in Alaska, and vacationing with his family in Gulf Shores, Alabama. He was active in Rock Steady Boxing and Tai Chi. He studied karate for 10 years, earning a green belt.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Dover Christian Church, 955 North State Road 75, in Dover, Indiana, with Pastor Dave Clayton, officiating.
Visitation is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church.
Interment of Ashes will take place at the Rushville City Cemetery in Rushville, Illinois at a later date.
Myers Mortuary and Boone County Crematory have been entrusted with his arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Awareness Association of Central Indiana, PO Box 19575, Indianapolis, IN 46219.
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Published on September 29, 2017