Richard L. "Rick" Balde Jr., 56, of Huron, passed away unexpectedly Friday morning, June 4, 2010, in Firelands Regional Medical Center following a round of golf at Thunderbird Golf Course.
He was born Sept. 17, 1953, in Butler, Pa., and was a 1971 graduate of Perkins High School. Rick retired in 2008 from Delphi after 30 years of service.
In his retirement, he worked part time at Thunderbird Golf Course. Rick attended Holy Angles Catholic Church and enjoyed golfing and classic muscle cars.
Rick is survived by his wife, Patricia C. (Wozney) Larkins-Balde; children, Mandy (Shane) Roth of Huron and Kris (Sarah) Balde of Milan; stepchildren, Carol (Chris) White of Sandusky, Lt. Col. Allen (Tatiana) Larkins of St. Louis, Mo., and Robert Johnson of Sandusky; parents, Patricia A. (Fisher) and Richard L. Balde Sr. of Sandusky; grandchildren, Collin, Brendan and Andrew Roth and Kendall and Kourtney Balde; stepgrandchildren, Lori and Curt Johnson, Alexander Maximum Larkins and Kelsey and Grant White; sisters, Deborah (Rich) Frank of Stow, Ohio, and Barbara Lee (Kevin) Thomas of Colorado; brother, Timothy (Patty) Balde of Huron; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary (Paterson) and Paul Fisher and Ida (Nini) and Emil Balde.
Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Chris Kardzis will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared with his family by visiting grofffuneralhomes.com.