Elvin Balch II Obituary

Elvin L. Balch II
Elvin L. Balch II
Elvin L. Balch II

July 27, 1925 - December 30, 2006
Born in Caro, Michigan
Resided in Johnston, IA
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Elvin L. “Al” Balch II passed away on Saturday, December 30th at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. His body has been cremated and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 13, 2007 at Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Elvin was born on July 27, 1925 on a farm near Caro, Michigan, the son of Elvin L. Balch I and Mildred Forshee Balch. At age 17, Al married Betty Jane Way. After WWII, they lived in California where he worked as a forest ranger and later in an airplane construction plant. They moved to Des Moines where he got into the home construction business as a carpenter, a home builder and a salesman. Al was a WWII Navy Veteran, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Al dearly loved his family and his step family and eagerly awaited the birth of each new grandchild and great grandchild. He helped create many fond memories at family gatherings. He enjoyed fishing in Canada with friends and family. He also loved to garden, travel, dance and play cards.

Surviving are his second wife, Wilma June (Wilkinson) Balch; two daughters, Jane (Wes) Licht of McFarland, Wisconsin and Debra (Bill) Knoll of Dallas Center, Iowa; two sons, Gary L. Balch of Dallas Center, Iowa and David (Kim) Balch of Earlham, Iowa; and his grandchildren: Portia, Jessica, Brandon, Katie, Sara, Chris, Dan, Nathan, Sara Jane, and Sophia; and also four great grandchildren. He is also survived by four step-sons, Douglas (Rose) Wilkinson of Castroville, Texas, Michael (Jeanie) Wilkinson of Des Moines, Iowa, Jeffrey (Karen) Wilkinson of Des Moines, and Lee (Michelle) Wilkinson of State Center, Iowa; step grandchildren: Catherine, James, Lucas, Jessica, Sean, Alissa, Brittany, Blake, Adelaide, Peter, Samuel and Thomas and a step great grandchild. Al was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty; his son, Elvin L. Balch III and three sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church or Mercy Hospice of Johnston.


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Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church
4601 Douglas Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Saturday, January 13, 2007
11:00 AM


Mercy Hospice Johnston
5820 Winwood Drive
Johnston, IA 50131