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Pastor Steven Balsley


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Pastor Steven Balsley

Rapid City - Steve Balsley, pastor of Rimrock Church in Rapid City, SD, went to be with his best friend Jesus on Sunday, October 9, 2016.

His heart's desire was to know God intimately and his life's desire was to share the goodness of God with others.

Steve was born to Don and Pat Balsley on February 16, 1960 in Billings, MT. He grew up in Rapid City, the oldest of three boys. It was during the backyard scrimmages with his brothers where he first developed his life-long love for the Vikings. He graduated from Stevens High School in 1978 and obtained a B.A. in Business from the University of South Dakota in 1981.

He married Marsha (Telkamp) Balsley in 1981 and they had four daughters. He often remarked that living with five women gave him all of the counseling experience he would need when he later became a pastor.

Steve loved his family and was particularly excited when his daughters started marrying and changing the male to female ratio. He is survived by his wife Marsha, his daughter Marie (Nathaniel) Taylor of Minneapolis, MN, his daughter Clair (Cody) Nordine of Rapid City, SD, his daughter Karen (Friday) Omot of Worthington, MN, his daughter Elaine Balsley of Minneapolis, MN and her boyfriend Allen Leland of Cokato, MN. He leaves behind four grandchildren, Maeve, Abraham, Everly, and Esther. He is also survived by his parents, Don and Pat Balsley of Rapid City, SD and his brothers, Scott (Rita) Balsley of Spearfish, SD and Shane (Kay) Balsley of Greenville, SC.

Steve was a salesman for several years and he took great joy in the quiet time offered him by the long drives across South Dakota. When he was forty-six, he became the Senior Pastor of Rimrock Church, a church he had attended for several years, and he remained the pastor there until his death. Steve had a lifelong passion for God after finding Jesus when he was twenty-five and he spent his adult life, both as a salesman and as a pastor, seeking to know God and making him known to others.

Steve's primary goal in life was to abide in Christ. More than anything, his time with God was paramount. He believed that it was only by resting in Christ and meditating on the love of God could one truly live. He spent countless hours studying the Bible. It was because he knew the love of God that Steve was able to love others. There are countless stories of Steve mentoring, teaching, and encouraging others in ways both big and small. He particularly loved to mentor leaders and to find new ways of connecting people within communities. His love of God led him to constantly put the needs of others before himself.

He was a great father. Steve was well-known for his dry humor and quick wit. He laughed easily and had a large array of dad jokes. He was also incredibly patient and quick to forgive. His goal as a parent and as a husband was to show his family unconditional love and care.

Steve loved his friends. He played softball, refed high school football for a number of years and, in the last few years, was a big fan of driving through the hills on his Harley.

He did not like animals, however, he patiently tolerated several dogs and his wife's passionate love of horses.

Steve will be dearly missed, but he leaves behind countless lives changed by his passion for God and his love of others.

Visitation for Pastor Steve is Friday from 5 to 8 pm at Rimrock Church in Johnson Siding.

Visitation for Pastor Steve will be from 5:00 pm to 6:00 and Sharing Time from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, October 14 at Rimrock Church in Johnson Siding.

Funeral Service will be 10:00 am Saturday, October 15 at Rapid City Christian School Gymnasium, Hart Ranch, 23757 Arena Drive, Rapid City.

Burial will be 2:00 pm Saturday, October 15 at Mt. View Cemetery.

A memorial fund will be set up to the Indian Evangelical Team. Arrangements are with Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.
Published in The Argus Leader on Oct. 13, 2016
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