Lawrence 'Junior' Balk
January 4, 1943 ~ August 27, 2012
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.