LORAIN - Kenneth Raymond Balmert, Sr., 87, of Lorain, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013 at Mercy Regional Medical Center while in the company of his loving family.|
Mr. Balmert was born in Avon on May 1, 1925, the son of the late Frederick and Irene (nee Mohr) Balmert, I. He was a graduate of Avon High School in the class of 1944. He was an US Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.
He was a retired cement truck driver for Consumer Builder Supply Company with more than 39 years service. He was a member of St. Mary Church, where he served as an usher and offertory official.
Mr. Balmert was a founding member of the VFW Post 496 in Lorain, served many years as a Democratic Precinct Committeeman for Ward 2, and a member of the Knights of St. John Commandry # 281, including a term as Ohio Grand Commander.
He loved spending time with his family, watching Cleveland sports teams, animals, chocolate, playing cards and being" Mayor of 9th Street."
Mr. Balmert is survived by wife of 57 years, Joyce (nee Francis) Balmert, daughters Jean (Don) Meecha of Toronto, Canada, Patricia (Ted) Sas of Elyria, son, Kenneth (Michelle) Balmert, Jr. of North Ridgeville, 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, brothers, Richard (Zella Balmert, Eugene (Gretchen) Balmert, a sister Cecilia (Donald) Conrad, a very special niece Winnie Balmert, as well as several other nieces, nephews and in-laws.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Frederick Balmert, Jerome Balmert, sisters Bernice Balmert, Marcella Bring and Margaret Martinez.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. in the Schwartz, Spence, Boyer and Cool Home For Funerals, 1124 W. 5th Street, Lorain, Ohio.
A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:00 am in St. Mary Church, corner of Eighth Ave. and Reid Ave., Lorain, with Father Daniel Divis, pastor, as celebrant.
Burial will be private in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Seville.
Memorial bequest may be left for the family at the funeral home.
Online condolences at www.boyercool.com.
Published in The Morning Journal from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2013