James Balser

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Leroy James Balser, 87

Leroy James Balser, 87, of Lafayette, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Rosewalk Village where he had been a resident just a short time.

He was born Oct. 22, 1925, in Warren County, to the late Chester and Elsie Kochel Balser.

He served in the United States Army Infantry from Dec. 29, 1943, to Jan. 17, 1946, receiving a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for wounds received in Belgium on Dec. 21, 1944.

He graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School.

On Feb. 27, 1948, he married Barbara H. Ford in Lafayette. She died Nov. 12, 1988.

Mr. Balser was an electric motor repairman for 45 years before retiring from Sanborn Electric in October of 1986.

He was a life member of American Legion Post 11 and the V.F.W.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews including a niece, Debra Pritchard, who was raised in his home.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd., Lafayette. A Funeral Service will follow at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel. His nephew, the Rev. Bruce Mowery officiating. Entombment will follow.

Those wishing may contribute to the Almost Home Humane Society.

You may sign the guestbook or leave memories at www.soller-baker.com.

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Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. - West Lafayette Chapel
1184 Sagamore Parkway West
Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 474-1111
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2013
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