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Bellville Times
August 2003

A Funeral Mass for Charles Herman Balke, Sr. was celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Father Tim Bucek, Celebrant.

Interment followed in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Balke, Everett Schmidt, Leslie Behrens, Andy Acker, J.D. Rinn, Cornell Giese, Gerald Schovajsa and Ronnie Pilcik.

Honorary pallberaers were Jimmy Buenger, Paul Becker, Kermit Kolwes, Eddie Krause, Paul Burnside, Danny Poffenberger and Leland Maeckel.

A Vigil service was held at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville.

He was born Jan. 4, 1932 in Brenham to parents Charles H. and Annie Schramm Balke. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. A 1950 graduate of Bellville High School, Charles served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was united in marriage with Tillie Pilcik on July 14, 1953 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Industry. They have made their home in Industry where they have been members of Immaculate Conception. Charles had been employed in the Engineering Department of the Texas Highway Department retiring after 32 years of service.

He was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, a member of the West End Lions Club, Prairie Chapter Coastal Conservation Association, the Industry Volunteer Fire Department and the Austin County Cattlemen's Association.

He was also a meber of the Bellville and Round Top/Carmine Booster Clubs and the KJT Brenham Chapter. He enjoyed fishing, his Matagorda camphouse, hunting and sports. A devoted grandfather, he loved and cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren.

Charles Herman Balke, Sr. passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003 in Houston at the age of 71.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years Tillie Balke of Industry, children Charles Balke, Jr. and his wife Pat of Industry, Sharon Behnke and her husband Freddie of Round Top and Linda Kettler and her husband Marcus of Brenham, grandchildren Nick Balke of Memphin, Tenn., Jeremy Balke of Industry, Byrn Behnke and Jill Behnke both of Round Top. He is also survived by his brothers Casper Balke of Bleiblerville, Otto Acker and his wife Peggy of Brenham; sister Jo Ann Kramer and her husband Billy Jo of Houston, brother-in-law Eddie Pilcik and his wife Alice of Industry, sisters-in-law Bessie Broz and her husband Jim and Evelyn Goeke and her husband Gilbert, all of Bleiblerville, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Charles Balke and his mother Annie Balke Acker, step-father Otto Acker, Sr., father-in-law Eddie Pilcik, mother-in-law Mary Pilcik and his sister-in-law Celesta Balke.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, P.O. Box 808, Bellville, Texas 77418 or to the Austin County Unit, American Cancer Society in care of Verna Lois Deere, P.O. Box 501, Bellville, Texas 77418.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville, Texas.

Posted by Joy Neely

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