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Steve Balach

Steve Balach

Thursday, November 22nd, 1923 Friday, October 18th, 2019

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Obituary for Steve Joe Balach

Steve J., age 95, retired Duluth businessman fell asleep in the Lord surrounded by his wife and children on Friday, October 18th. Preceded by son: Paul. Survived by wife: Marlene, children: Steve (Nwe) Balach Jr., Dr. Mary Jo (Dr. Robert) Lund, Joanie Balach, Daniel (Lara) Balach and Lana (Luc) VanAnderlecht, grandchildren: Travis (Aggie) Lund, Serdjan (Laura) Balach, Amelia (Ryan) Olson, Alexandre and Katya VanAnderlecht and Avian Ciganko-Ford, great-grandchildren: Sydney Ann, Payne and Maren, step-grandchildren: Michael, Marc and Christiana, step-great-grandson: Nicholas, brothers: Dr. Joseph (Shirley) and Robert Balach and sister: Ann Westerlund. He is also fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, and kumovi.

Steve distinguished himself in a wide range of civic and social organizations aimed at supporting and improving both the city of Duluth and his home community of Gary-New Duluth. Steve was a member of the Arrowhead Civic Club, Duluth Planning Commission, Minnesota State Zoo Board, The Shrine Aad Temple and the Scottish Rite, Past Commander of VFW Post 6320, Past President of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church and the Gary-New Duluth Community Club, and Former Vice-president of the Serb National Federation. On Memorial Day 2014, the mayor proclaimed it Steve Balach Day for the City of Duluth.

From 1940 to 1945, Steve served on active duty in the US Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Having lied about his age, Steve enlisted in the US Navy reserve at the age of 16, and found himself on active duty at the age of 17. Initially he served on the USS Paducah, and later on the USS Liddle, which was struck by a kamikaze in the the Battle of Ormoc Bay, leaving him, at the age of 21, as the highest ranking surviving officer on the ship.

Visitation at FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL 4100 Grand Ave. Monday from 5 to 8 PM with Pomen Service at 7 PM. Funeral service at ST. GEORGE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH 1216 -104th Ave. W. Tuesday at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior. Interment Oneota Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Shrine Children’s Hospital, or GND Rec Center.

Arrangements with Kozlak-Radulovich Chapel

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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 21st, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    First Memorial Funeral Chapel
    4100 Grand Avenue
    Duluth, Minnesota
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    Monday, October 21st, 2019
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Pomen Service at 7 pm
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
    1216 - 104th Avenue West
    Duluth, Minnesota
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    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
    1216 - 104th Avenue West
    Duluth, Minnesota
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    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
    Rev. Fr. Kristijan Petrovich
  • Interment

    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Oneota Cemetery
    6403 Highland Street
    Duluth, Minnesota
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    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

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Rod Belich

To the Family of Steve,
So sorry to hear of his passing. I have so many memories of him on bowling tournaments. Had a blast with him, Stanley, Walt, Bill and the crew from the range. A lot of memories. He will be missed. God bless. His memory will go on forever. Great guy.

Rod Belich
Eden Prairie, Mn
Comment | Posted at 01:38pm via Condolence

Gayle Polovina

Dear Dan, Joanie and Family, please accept our most sincere sympathies. May his memory be eternal. Milo, Gayle, Ben, Alec and Eli Polovina
Posted at 09:08pm

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