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Balzer, John Reuben (1926-2008)

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Date of Birth: June 7, Kansas
Date of Death: 2008 October 14, Kansas

John R. Balzer, 82, passed away October 14, 2008, at Pleasant View Home, Inman. He was born June 7, 1926, in Newton the son of David D. and Agatha Siemens Balzer. A lifetime resident of the Inman/Buhler area, he had been a farmer. He was a past member of Hebron Mennonite Church, and a current member of Buhler Mennonite Church, Buhler. He was a former member of the Inman Lions Club and had served on the MKC Board. On June 5, 1952, he married Velma Jean Krehbiel in Blackwell, Oklahoma. She passed away on April 6, 1995. On December 22, 1996, he married Arlene Schmidt Schroeder in Inman. She survives. He is survived by: four sons, John Schmidt and wife Kay of Walton, Tim Schmidt and wife Lisa of Whitewater, David Balzer and wife Kris of Inman, and Paul Balzer and wife Janet of Hurley, South Dakota; two daughters, Jenny Crow and husband Doug of Emporia, and Joyce Peirce and husband Rudy of Housatonic, Massachusetts; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his twin sister Annie, in infancy, and three brothers, twins Melvin and Menno, in infancy and Victor.



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Biographical note:
Buhler, Kansas
Son of David D. Balzer and Agatha Siemens Balzer
Married Velma Jean Krehbiel 1952 June 5 (Grandma Profile 134025)
Married Arlene Florence Schmidt 1996 December 22 (Grandma Profile 262410)
Farmer -- Buhler, Kansas

Bethel alumni note:
Bethel College 1946-1947

Photo holdings:
Individual photo (with basketball) 1947
Individual -- 1947 BC Graymaroon, p. 49
Individual -- 1948 BC Graymaroon, p. 56

Sources:
Alumni card
Grandma Profile #134022
Find A Grave 72397919

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