Robert Gary Balken,Sr. born December 1st, 1952, went peacefully to be with the loved ones who have went before him, including his parents Edgar and Catherine Balken, on May 5th, 2022.
He is survived by his 4 sons who were his pride and joy, Robert Gary Balken, Jr. and wife Heather of Fairview NC, Micheal Balken and wife Dawn of Ocala FL , Chad Balken and wife Celina of Bostic NC and Casey Balken and wife Lorie of Chesnee SC. Robert is also survived by his sisters Jeanette Darby, Karen Price and Cathy Lemonte.
He was preceded in death by his brothers John Balken and Ed Balken.
Robert was also the proud POP, Daddy Bob, of his grandchildren, Lauren Nicole Imogene Balken , Irine "Sabrina" Khabarova, Jacob Balken, Riley Balken, Emma Balken, Owen Balken, Kacia Balken, Aden Balken, his Great Granddaughter Indi Mae Imogene Searcy, Step Grandchildren McCray, Hunter and Hannah and Step Great -grandchildren Maverick and Norah. as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Robert, Bob, Pop, Daddy Bob, mostly referred to as POP by everyone was loved by many people and loved to be involved in everything going on around him. He was so proud of his family, he loved to talk about them to everyone. He enjoyed many morning Breakfasts at Smiths Drug in Forest City sitting around talking and cutting up with the other customers and especially the waitresses there. Earlier in his life while still living in Florida he proudly served a brief time in the National Guard and Pop was a natural at building, roofing, and painting, he could build anything and that is one thing that he passed on to all of his sons, his creative abilities and hard work ethic will continue in them.
Services will be held Friday, May 13th at Lankford Funeral Home in DeLand FL and burial will follow in The Oakdale Cemetery in DeLand FL.
The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of local arrangements and an online registry is available at www.padgettking.com
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