Michael W. Balkum

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On Friday, June 8, 2018, Michael W. Balkum passed away suddenly with his loving family at his side.

He was born Nov. 30, 1956, to Everette and Joyce Balkum in Tallahassee, Florida. He was the younger brother of Ellen Haley and Pam Williams; brother-in-law to Tom Williams; and soul mate to Nina Balkum.

He was such a loving and gentle man, a friend for life to those who knew him. Despite the adversities he faced daily living with his brain injury, he could always make you smile. He will be so dearly and deeply missed by those who loved him. He was a brother, an uncle, a cousin, lifelong friend, and a soul mate.

A private celebration of his life will be held in July. Please take a moment to remember Mike and share a memory with a friend.

Heartfelt thanks to the staff and caregivers of Project Genesis, who cared for Mike for many years. We will never forget your kindness.

A special thank you to Mary: you stayed by his side from the beginning.

The Coventry-Pietras Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 13 to June 18, 2018