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Balzer, Edward (1908-1967)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1967 Feb 2 p. 5

Birth date: 1908 Aug 21

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• Funeral services for Edward Balzer, 58, of Buhler were conducted Saturday forenoon at the Hebron Mennonite Church. Rev. Curt Siemens, the pastor officiated. Mr. Balzer died Tuesday evening, Jan. 24, apparently while sitting in his car at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Hendricks. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Grace Hospital, and an autopsy indicated that death was due to a heart attack. Besides the daughter he leaves his widow, Tena, of the home; a son, Eugene of Denver; and one sister, Mrs. Weldon Rupp of Newton.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1967 Mar 30 p. 12

text of obituary:


Edward Balzer, son of Peter B. and Lizzie Siemens Balzer, was born Aug. 21, 1908, in McPherson County on the farm home of his parents not far from Inman, Kan. He attended the Lake Valley Rural School and Buhler High School.

Upon his confession of faith he was baptized on Aug. 18, 1929 by Rev. P. E. Frantz and became a member of the Hebron Church.

On May 22, 1932 he was married to Tena Neufeldt. Feeling the need of children in their home, they adopted Eugene and Cheryl.

For 14 years Edward and Tena lived on the farm where he grew up. In 1946 they established their residence in Buhler, but he continued his farming interests. When time permitted he worked in various factories in the vicinity of Buhler.

Ed's recreational delight was traveling. He also spent many hours helping to build the new Hebron Church.

Within the last five years his health began to fail. He was fully aware that the condition of his heart was such that his life on earth could end at any moment. The end came on Jan. 24 while visiting his children, having lived 58 years, five months, and three days.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Menno, and a sister, Lizzie.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife Tena; one son Eugene and wife Marlys, of Denver, Colo.; and one daughter Cheryl and husband, Ira Hendricks of Hutchinson, Kan.; two grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Linda Rupp, Newton, Kan. — The Family.

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