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Edwin Vern Balch

June 2, 1933 May 7, 2020
Edwin  Vern Balch
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Obituary for Edwin Vern Balch

Edwin Vern Balch, age 86, passed away on May 7, 2020, at his long-time residence in Lapeer.
Ed was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eleanor, loving parents, Vern and Helen (Trepto) Balch, and precious grandson Christopher Aaron Lyman.

He is survived by his children: Debra (Bill) Lyman, Randy (Calleen) Balch and Shari (Michael) Kernan; six grandsons: Jason (Ashleigh) Lyman, Christopher Balch, Zachary (Jessica) Stachak-Miller, Tyler Kernan, Michael Balch and Conner Kernan; two great-grandsons: Sean Balch and Voland Balch; siblings: Betty O’Shea, Duane (Sue) Balch, Joyce Tingley, and Mike (Pat) Balch; many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends who were like family

Ed was born on June 2, 1933, in Oxford, Michigan. He grew up in the small Oxford community of Thomas where family and friends gathered often in their homes and at the Thomas hall to play cards, horseshoes, cribbage, wahoo and share stories. The family built a modest cabin together in Atlanta, Michigan so they had a place to go for some hunting, fishing or when they just wanted to get away and breathe in some of that fresh up north air.

He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army where he was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and a tanker in the 44th Tank Battalion.

As Ed and his beloved wife Eleanor raised their family, they were active leaders for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts for many years. As a family, they went on many camping adventures Up North and as far west as Utah and California and as far south as Florida. They enjoyed working in their yard together and being outdoors. Several times a week during the growing season, he would drive his John Deere tractor to the river at the back of their property to pump water out and haul it back up to the gardens so Eleanor could water their many flower and vegetable gardens, and the fruit tree orchard he planted for her.

Ed retired from General Motors where he worked at the Truck and Bus division in Pontiac, Michigan as a forklift operator. He took an early retirement to care for Eleanor as she became ill. Prior to that he held jobs operating bulldozers at Koenig Coal & Supplies and American Aggregates both in Oxford, Michigan.

You could always count on Ed to help at any time and in any situation. He was always willing to drop everything and help anyone in need in whatever way he could. He had a close bond with his nieces and nephews and provided lots of love and guidance throughout the years.

Some of Ed’s favorite pastimes over the years were collecting knives, tinkering with his John Deere tractors, driving his Harley with its sidecar, scouting the property on his 4-wheeler (and more recently in his pickup truck), going out to breakfast, working in the hay fields and Friday evening coffee with his close friend, Terry. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, wrestling, American Pickers and RFD TV. When he was in his pickup, he always had Willy’s (Nelson) Roadhouse playing. He will always be remembered fondly for his stories, infectious laugher, bear hugs and his big smile.

A memorial celebration will be planned in the coming months when we are all able to celebrate his life together. Arrangements for cremation have been entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Capstick Chapel in a Lapeer.

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