John Frank Balen

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  • Name: John Frank Balen
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 30, 1924
  • Date of Death: May 14, 2009 (85 years old)
  • Parents: Martin and Frances Balen
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  • Highest Rank: TEC 5 (Technical 5)
  • Branch: Army
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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    On October 5, 1946, John married Rose Gualtieri in Chicago, Illinois. John was employed by Blandin Paper Company as a millwright. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Grand Rapids, Minnesota and the Independent Order of Foresters (I.O.F.). John loved to watch wildlife.

    He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother; a sister; and a son, Rick.

    John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rose; daughter Linda (Daryl) Olson; sons Jeff and Scott (Heidi); seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

    Buried in Harris Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot

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