Lawrence 'Junior' Balk

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Lawrence 'Junior' Balk, age 69, of New Hampton, IA, passed away on Monday, August 27, 2012 at his home in New Hampton. Lawrence Balk Jr. was born on January 4, 1943 to Lawrence and Margaret (Sabelka) Balk in New Hampton. He attended school in Waucoma, IA. Junior was employed by Deco Products in Decorah, IA and at Sara Lee in New Hampton all the while he farmed between Lawler and Waucoma. He was an avid farmer for over 30 years and loved to collect and share with his Toy Farmer family. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waucoma and New Hampton. Junior also was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. Junior is survived by his brothers, Gary (Mary) Balk of Minneapolis, MN, Terry (Sharon) Balk of Waucoma, IA, and Kenneth (Julie) Balk of West Union; his sister, Sue Balk Bentz of Burnsville, MN; as well as nine nieces and nephews, Katherine (Dan) Benson, David Balk, Eric Balk, Sarah (Ryan) Ries, Bryan Bentz, Kyle Bentz, Troy Bentz, Matthew (Amy) Balk, Joseph Balk, one great niece and one great nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Charles Balk and his nephew, Michael Balk Cemetery: Burial will be held at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery at Waucoma, IA. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00pm on Friday, August 31, 2012 with a 5:00pm rosary at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue at St. Mary’s Center one hour prior to the mass on Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Holy Family Parish - St. Mary’s Center in New Hampton with Fr. Mark Osterhaus celebrating the mass.

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  1. Sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. He is at peace and with God now.

    God Bless you all,

    Arthur and Mary Winter

  2. We are sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. Our prayers and support are with you at this difficult time.
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  3. Dear Terry Family,
    We are sorry about your loss of your brother.
    He was great nieghbor.In Sympathy. Hope lifts up those in sorrow and carries them to a place. Our prayers in for loss. God bless you all. Our Nieghbor Brenda Parks & Gloria Parks.

  4. My deepest sympathy to the family of Junior Balk. I remember his love of family, always knowing times and dates; he was a wealth of family history information. His face would “light up” as he spoke about his nieces and nephews. May you always treasure the love he shared with you.

  5. Surprised to hear of Junior’s passing. was always fun to talk to Jr at Dyersville or at Fareway or even in K-mart in Charles City. He will be missed.

  6. We always enjoyed talking with Junior at the Dyersville toy show. Sorry to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  7. /Our sympathy to all of Junior’s family. He was such a joy to talk to as his mind was a wealth of information that he shared with everyone. His family was so important to him and was always on top of what all the nieces and nephews were doing. He even kept very good track of our family, making sure he knew where all of them were. We will miss him!

  8. My deepest sympathy to the family…I will always remember Junior from my Balik Implement days when he came to visit…My first riding garden tractor came from Junior, and it was immaculate…Terry and Sharon I’am sorry for your loss and sorry I could not attend the funeral…I will remember you in my prayers…

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