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Earl L. Balsley Jan. 25, 1923 - March 9, 2009

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MORTON -- Earl LeRoy Balsley, 86, of Morton died Monday at the Redwood Area Hospital.

The service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morton. Burial, with military honors, will be at the Morton City Cemetery.

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Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Nelson-Martin Funeral Service in Redwood Falls and one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born Jan. 25, 1923, in Herdsfield, N.D., to Frank and Ida Mae (Gunderson) Balsley He moved with his family to Cass Lake where he grew up. After completing school he joined the Seabees and, in 1945, was inducted into the U.S. Army where he served as a heavy truck driver in Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

On Jan. 24, 1953, he married Lorene Blom. He worked for Royal Construction Company in Morton until moving into Morton in 1968. He then worked at Morton Lumber Yard and as the janitor at the Morton Public School. After retiring, he worked for the Green Thumb Program until he retired in the early 1990s.

He is survived by his children: Debra (and special friend Roger Degner) Balsley, Paulette (and Wayne) Thompson, Dawn (and Dean) Maertens, all of Morton, and Kevin (and Michelle) Balsley of Farmington; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings: Dorothy Stumbo of Park Rapids, Kenny Balsley of Tampico, Ill. and Virgil (and Evelyn) Balsley of California.

He was preceded in death by his wife; two sons; two brothers; and one sister.

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