Obituary: Joseph Daniel Balleck

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Joseph Daniel Balleck
1913 -- 2005
Joseph Daniel Balleck of Craig, died May 15, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 92.
Balleck was born Feb. 17, 1913, in Craig, to Anton and Tressa (Arvay) Balleck.
Balleck was raised and attended school on Elkhead. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Marian Jordan on April 10, 1948, in Craig and they had four children. He and his family made their home on the family ranch on Elkhead and lived there until moving into Craig to live with their daughter. Balleck was a farmer and rancher and enjoyed hunting, fishing, throwing horseshoes, dancing, playing poker and playing the accordion. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, a charter member of the local Knights of Columbus Council, a member of the Craig Elks Lodge, and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 4265.
Balleck is survived by his wife, Marian Balleck of Craig; daughters Barbara Jones of Hayden, and Betty (Dan) McIntyre of Craig; sons David (Carol) Balleck of Craig, and Dennis (Shirley) Balleck of Craig; grandchildren Carmen (Tony) Edmonds, Justin McIntyre, Patrick Conniff, Levi (Neisha) Balleck, Keith Balleck, Kyle (Autumn) Balleck, Brandon Balleck, Kaylene (Randy) Merrick, Kayla (Hank) Elfgrin, MaryDean (Dana) Mayhugh, and step-grandchildren Travis (Ryan) Jones, Traci (Chad) Day, and Karen (Will) Cory; great-grandchildren Danielle and Lanie Edmonds, Shane Balleck, Kuyler Mayhugh, Devin Balleck, Kaylena Elfgrin, and step-great-grandchildren Isabelle and Hannah Jones, Gracie and Faith Day and Jessica and Jayden Cory.
Balleck was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Johanna, Mary, Tresa, and Helen and his brothers Andrew, Steve, and his twin brother, Tony.
Mass of Christian burial was held May 19, 2005, at St. Michael Church with celebrant Father. James Fox officiating. The organist was Denise Whitney, and the soloist was Joyce Miller. Selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In The Garden."
Honorary pallbearers were "All Joe's Family and His Many Friends." Military honors were given by officers of VFW Post 4265. A Rosary was recited the previous evening at St. Michael Church led by Father Jose Saenz.

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