Richard H Balk
December 9, 1937 ~ September 16, 2017
Richard H. Balk, age 79, of Lawler, Iowa, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer, on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. Richard Herman Balk was born on December 9, 1937 on a farm southeast of Lawler, Iowa to Hugo and Edith (Hayek) Balk. He attended school in Waucoma, Iowa. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1961 for six months then reserves until 1967. In February 1963 in Lawler, Richard met the love of his life, a cute girl from Ossian, Iowa. He got the engagement ring in June and the couple were married on October 5, 1963 at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Ossian. Together they farmed with IH equipment for 48 years until they retired. For three years Richard worked for the Title Atlas Company. He enjoyed farming, going to auctions, polka music and Molly B, driving around the countryside, looking at cemeteries and going to the grandchildren’s events. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of almost 54 years Ruth Balk of Lawler; his children Diane (Carl) Daugherty and their children Cooper and Emma of Conroy, Iowa, Dan (Katherine) Balk and their children Brooke, Deanna, Megan and Luke of Waucoma, Iowa, and Doug (Karen) Balk and their children Bode and Bree of Lawler; his brother David (Maxine) Balk of Waucoma, Iowa and sister-in-law Charlene Zweibohmer of Ossian. Richard is preceded in death by his parents Hugo and Edith Balk, in-laws Hugo and Angela Zweibohmer and brother-in-law Herbert Zweibohmer.