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Joseph James Balko Obituary
Joseph James Balko, 15, was born Nov. 10, 2000, at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. He passed away at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016.
During his short life, Joseph finished everything he started. He finished Boy Scouts with the rank of Eagle Scout. He finished his freshman year at Monroe Catholic High School with highest honors. And Joseph finished his last race with a time of 13 minutes and 10 seconds. Joseph's love for his family and the Alaska outdoors was only surpassed by his love of service to his classmates, his teammates and everyone around him.
The Balko family would like everyone to know Joseph was never in any pain. We had time to say goodbye, we were able to hug him, talk to him and cry buckets and buckets of tears over him.
In heaven, Joseph will be watching over his parents, Kathleen and Jim; his brothers, Michael, 21, and Christian, 17, and his many family members as well as all the friends who he touched with his incredible joy.
The Balko family would like to express our thanks for all the generosity, prayers, love and support that the Fairbanks community has poured on us during this time. We feel abundantly blessed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Monroe Foundation in memory of Joseph Balko: P.O. Box 71620, Fairbanks, AK 99707.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 25, 2016
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