John Balkon
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John Balkon

NAME

John Allen Balkon

HOME OF RECORD

Grandville

DATE OF BIRTH

09/13/1948

STATE

MI

DATE OF DEATH

June 4, 2018

BRANCH OF SERVICE

Army

INDUCTION YEAR

2021

Biography

John Balkon was born on September 13, 1948 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Grandville Public High School in 1966 and answered the call from Uncle Sam shortly thereafter in 1968, serving one tour in Vietnam as a Combat Engineer. After returning from Vietnam, John attended Davenport College and earned his Associate’s Degree in Marketing and Sales. Soon after, he met and married Gail Kunzi and they went on to have two children. After leaving the Army, John worked in sales and in management at a wholesale florist company. He loved being a member of his church and served faithfully as a deacon, on the seasonal decor team, and in maintenance. In his spare time, enjoyed caring for his yard and home. He was incredibly dedicated to his family and honored to have been able to serve his country in Vietnam. In his last years, he was able to visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C., which proved to be an incredibly moving experience for him. He passed away on June 4, 2018—just weeks before his first grandchild was born—as a result of a prolonged battle with heart and lung failure caused by exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. He was a man of few words, and will always be remembered by his friends and family as a silent servant.

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR John Balkon
POSTED ON 3.4.2021
POSTED BY: Dennis

My bro, how I miss him!

So many times when something happens, I think I can’t wait to tell my brother, then I realize he’s gone! Can’t wait to see him in heaven!!
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POSTED ON 3.4.2021
POSTED BY: Linda Flory

My dear brother, John

Johnny, since we were only a year apart, we shared so many memories and stories, as well as laughter and jokes. Even though I was older, you were still my big brother who always protected me from dogs and other things. I miss you everyday and love you so much even still. Til we meet again, you are always in my heart.
I sent you packages and letters when you were in Vietnam. So glad I was able to welcome you home
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