Joseph K. Balke
(June 9, 1920 - January 15, 2000)
Oneida Daily Dispatch
Monday, Jan.17, 2000
DURHAMVILLE - Joseph K. Balke, 79, of 5413 Foster St., died late Saturday
afternoon, Jan. 15, 2000, at the Extended Care Facility of the Oneida
Mr. Balke was born on June 9, 1920 in Oneida, the son of Wilbert and
Florence Maihafer Balke.
He was educated in the Oneida school system. From the years of 1942 to 1945
during World War 11 Mr. Balke served with the U.S. Army Air Corps as an air
craft mechanic in the propeller overhaul division. During his tour of duty he
served in the Pacific Theatre where Mr. Balke was awarded the American
Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal and the World War 11 Victory Medal.
On June 7, 1947 in Durhamville, he married the former Ann Byrne in St.
Francis Church, Durhamville. Prior to his retirement in 1993, Mr. Balke was a
self employed general contractor.
Mr. Balke was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Francis Church,
Durhamville. His memberships also included the Durhamville Vets Club and a
former member of the Durhamville Fife Department.
Surviving are his wife; three daughters and sons-in-law, Joann and William
Tarry of Brooksville, Fla., Patricia and Lynn Hurrle of Canastota and Jean
and Robert Brzuszkiewicz of Oneida; one brother and sister-in-law, Paul and
Norma Balke of Durhamville; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Rita Balke of
Oneida and Theresa and Sam Sgarlata of Canastota; seven grandchildren, Susan
Brophy, Mark Tarry, Elizabeth Tarry, Christopher Hurrle, Timothy, Alan and
David Brzuszkiewicz; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Balke was predeceased by a brother, George Balke and a sister, Evelyn
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 03:14 PM
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