Richard O. Balsley


SAVANNAH, Mo. — Richard Owen “Rich” Balsley, 61, Savannah, passed from this life on Friday, July 29, 2011, at Heartland Hospital, St. Joseph.

He was born September 29, 1949, in Monterey, Calif., to the late Robert Norris and Katherine Mae (Primrose) Balsley.

Rich served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. He earned a Degree in Electronic Engineering.

Rich married Gayle (Pullen) on February 14, 1981, in LaMesa, Calif. He was owner of Integrity Electric in Savannah. Rich was a Christian, and a very loving husband, father and papa.

Survivors: his wife, Gayle Balsley, of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Chrissy Balsley, Savannah, Mark Balsley, St. Joseph, Justin and Tabitha Berry, Savannah, Luke Balsley, Kansas City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Tyler and Caitlyn Berry, and Gabrielle Balsley; a brother and sister-in-law, Dave and Jan Balsley, Brea, Calif.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jan and Mike LaFever, Boulder Creek, Calif., Jewell and Rick Rogers, Corralitos, Calif., Susie and Horace Andante, Seaside, Calif.; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary and Don Pullen, Savannah; several nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life: 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2011, at Breit-Hawkins & Gladden Funeral Home, Savannah. Interment: in Savannah Cemetery. Public visitation and family receiving hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Memorial donations are suggested to Iris Ministries (African Orphans) Box 493995, Redding, CA 96049.
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