Albert T. Balgoyen

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Albert T. Balgoyen Eagle Albert T. Balgoyen, 89, of Eagle, MI, passed away peacefully a home with his family by his side on October 18, 2012. Al was born in Grand Rapids, MI, son of the late Leonard and Flora (Helen) Balgoyen. He graduated from Vermontville High School in 1941, afterwards joined the Marine Corp and served in the Pacific Theatre and Panama during WWII. After returning from the war, he married Doris Chaffin. In 1951 he traveled to Kentucky, where he worked for the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) and married Alma Louise Stokes; then moved back to Charlotte, MI, where they raised three children. In 1980, he married Virginia (Sands) Roesch in Grand Ledge and added four more children to the family. He was a former employee for the Potterville Police Dept. and retired from Michigan State University after 30 years of service. Al was very active in the Cole-Briggs American Legion Post #48; loved to play pranks, play the harmonica, travel and could to talk to anyone. Most of all, he loved his family and his country.always a Marine. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Virginia and children: Peg (Tom) Lear, James (Addriett) Balgoyen, Cathy (John) Knott and stepchildren: Vicki (Robert) Paski, Michael Roesch, Joni Henretty, Sonny Roesch; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 22, 2012 - 11:00 a.m. at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Visitations will be held Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Military Graveside services will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge, conducted by the U.S. Marine Corp, Grand Ledge V.F.W. #3293 and Cole-Briggs American Legion Post #48. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cole-Briggs American Legion Post 48 or V.F.W. Post 3293. Online condolences may be shared at www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Oct. 28, 2012
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