|Birth: ||Nov. 3, 1922|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 2007|
Richard Marion Balsiger 1922 – 2007 "Alive in Our Hearts Forever"
Richard "Dick" Marion Balsiger passed away peacefully on August 1, 2007 at the age of 84, with his family at his side in Portland, Oregon.
Richard was born November 3, 1922 in Redfield, South Dakota. He was the youngest of four children of Frederick Jacob and Marion Belle Balsiger. His mother passed away when he was five years old, and his father raised him on the family farm, often with Dick at his side on the tractor working the fields. He graduated from Watertown High School and earned a degree in law from the University of South Dakota.
Richard served with distinction in World War II, and was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in Belgium. Upon returning from the war, he married his love Winnifred "Winnie" Allbee on May 29, 1946, to whom he had written faithfully while he was overseas. He began his law practice in Britton, South Dakota, became County Judge of Marshall County, and then in 1957 went to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, traveling frequently as he served in several regional management positions. Richard moved to Portland, Oregon in 1961, and raised his two sons there, where he was a member of Montavilla United Methodist Church. In 1985, Richard retired and moved to Oceanside, Oregon to spend his retirement with his wife Winnie in the home they built by the ocean.
Richard was a previous commander of the South Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars, and he was also a member of the American Legion. He was an active member of the South Dakota bar at the time of his death.
He had many passions, including fishing, hunting, home projects, and cooking wonderful meals, but his greatest passion and legacy was his love for his family. Family was the most important thing to him, and he devoted himself to his wife and his children.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Winnie Balsiger, his two sons and their wives, three grandsons, and four great-grandchildren in the Portland area. He also leaves behind many loving relatives including sister-in-law Polly Getten of Phoenix, and numerous nieces and nephews and their children in South Dakota, Arizona, California, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, and South Carolina.
He had a huge heart filled with love, and he showed his love for others in unending ways every day of his life. His family will miss him deeply, and they will hold him and carry him in their hearts forever.
A service will be held Saturday, August 11 at the Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield followed by a burial alongside his family in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Frederick Jacob Balsiger (1872 - 1953)
Charlotte Berger Balsiger (1846 - 1905)
Winnifred May Allbee Balsiger (1919 - 2007)*
Frederick Jacob Balsiger (1872 - 1953)**
Harold Nicholas Balsiger (1906 - 1983)**
Leonard Frederick Balsiger (1915 - 2004)**
Richard Marion Balsiger (1922 - 2007)
"Alive in Our Hearts Forever"
South Dakota, USA
Maintained by: JaniceH
Originally Created by: In memory of Scott
Record added: Aug 09, 2007
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