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 Floyd Edger Balsness

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Floyd Edger Balsness

  • Birth 4 Oct 1931 Moose Lake, Carlton County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 11 Sep 2009 Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Cromwell, Carlton County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 43530909

Floyd E. Balsness, 77, of Proctor died Friday, September 11, 2009 in St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. He was born Oct. 4, 1931 in Moose Lake to Thomas and Hazel Balsness.

He grew up in Cromwell and graduated from Cromwell High School in 1949. Floyd worked at the Cromwell Creamery from 7th grade through high school. He worked for Peavey Elevator from 1951 until 1961. He was an Army veteran serving from 1952 until 1954.

Floyd married Joyce McLevis on March 10, 1956 in Duluth. They made their home in Duluth until moving to Proctor in 1959. In 1961 Floyd went to work as a grain inspector for the USDA Grain Division. He worked there for more than 32 years until retiring in 1993. After his retirement, Floyd enjoyed spending time at the cabin, cutting wood, and going to antique stores because he collected old post cards. He especially enjoyed his monthly breakfasts with coworkers and friends and was an avid Twins fan. Floyd was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Floyd was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Laura; sisters, Bernice Loucks, Lila Lundstrom, Betty Rostveit, and Dorothy Chernich; brothers, Bud and George Balsness.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 53 years, Joyce; his children, Kevin (Rebecca) Balsness of Abilene, Texas, Jill (Paul) Ruthenbeck of Virginia, Joy Balsness of Proctor, Tom Balsness of Two Harbors, Bridget (Jon) Gargulak of Rice Lake, Wisc., and Brenda Balsness of Duluth; sister, Rose Zacher of Brainerd; 17 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Memorial Services were held on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009 in Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell. Inurnment was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Cromwell. Arrangements entrusted to the Atkins-Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com


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  • Created by: Laura (Matten-Johnson) Segrin
  • Added: 25 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43530909
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Floyd Edger Balsness (4 Oct 1931–11 Sep 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43530909, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Cromwell, Carlton County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Laura (Matten-Johnson) Segrin (contributor 47056999) .