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John William Balch

February 21, 1971 May 14, 2023
John William Balch
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John William Balch, age 52, of Oakland, IL, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 14, 2023, at his home.

John was born on February 21, 1971, in Jackson, MI, to David Franklin Balch Sr. and Marlin Janette (King) Balch.

He is survived by his siblings: David (Tammy) Balch, Jr., Richard (Diane) Gerry, Jr., Clint (Renee) Reams, and Heath (Jamie) Reams; nephews and nieces: Devin, Kaitlyn, Korey,

Dustin, Tabitha, Ashley, David, Tyler, Austin, Nichole, Brittney, Anthony, Natasha, and Shandell; and many aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins all who have memories of John that they will cherish as they continue their own journey home.

John most enjoyed his time with family and friends. When he wasn’t spending time with family, you could find him working on cars, doing yard work with his zero-turn or just enjoying the outdoors.

John had a great sense of humor, and a big heart, which he wore on his sleeve, if he could help someone out, then he considered that a good day for himself.

The family will hold private services. In accordance with John’s wishes, he was cremated.

Don't cry for me; I'm alright.

Yeah, I'm better than you know.

And this life can be a shorter ride,

So don't waste it on sorrow.

And just hold on to those moments,

And the memories we shared.

We're both headed for the same place anyway.

I just beat you there.

~ Will Dempsey~

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