PECOS Stephen Nicholas Balog, of Pecos, passed away last Friday August 23, 2013, in McKinney, TX. |
He was a long time resident of Pecos, Texas. Steve was born in Michigan, July 17, 1936, and was the oldest boy of three brothers and two sisters. His father, Stephen F. Balog, and mother, Ann Balog, moved the family to Odessa, Texas, to start his own business: Balog Boiler Works. Steve was raised in Odessa, Texas, and attended Odessa High School. He joined the Army Branch of the military in 1956 and married Helen Faye Sanders in Odessa, Texas, at Belview Baptist Church in 1961. He also attended Odessa College, University of Texas at El Paso.
His career includes the Odessa Police Department (1962-1969) to Deputy U.S. Marshal (1972 to 1993); he remained employed at the Lucius Bunton Federal Courthouse in Pecos until 2013 as a Federal Court Security Officer.
He enjoyed coin collecting and gun collecting. He loved studying about old Texas ghost towns.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen, who passed in 2000; his brother, Joe Balog; and his half-brother, Christopher Balog.
Steve was a loving husband and father of two, grandfather of four, and great-grandfather of one. He leaves behind his son, who resides in McKinney, Texas, Steve Balog, Jr. and his wife Susan Balog, and their four children, Katie (Balog) Vargas, Andrew (Drew) Balog, Lydia and Virginia (Ginny) Balog, and a great-granddaughter, Elena Vargas; along with a daughter, Kim Balog, who currently resides in Addison, Texas.
He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: John Balog of Oregon, Mike Balog of Pecos, Texas, Rosetta Balog White of Odessa, Texas, Carol Balog Clark of Midland, Texas, and his half-brother, Johnny Balog. He had numerous great nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be 4-7 PM Friday, August 30, 2013, in Pecos in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church, 423 S. Hickory. Visitation in Odessa will be from noon until service time on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 3:00 PM Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel in Odessa, Texas, with Kevin Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Honorary Pallbearers will be William Crowe, Kevin Zimdars, William Upchurch, John Prewit, Jim Brown, Cathrin Gaida, JC White, Gerry Villalobos, Clifford Atkins, Arturo Granado, Ruben Dominquez, Jerry Byrne, and Amaro Muñoz. Pallbearers will be Billy Johnson, Phil Maxwell, Kenneth Roberts, Jay Easley, Steve Clark, Mike Balog, Robin McBride, Gary Brown, and Alex Patnode.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home. If you have a funny story, comments, prayers, or just want to sign the guestbook, please stop by www.sunsetmemorial.com.
Published in Odessa American from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2013