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Robert D. Balasco

Sept. 29, 1928 – June 24, 2016

Robert D. Balasco, 87, Roaring Spring, passed away Friday at home surrounded by family and friends.

He was born in Altoona, son of Ralph and Mary (DeAngelis) Balasco. He married Laura Jane Tipton on May 14, 1949.

Surviving are five sons: David (Bonnie) of Paris, Ark., Donald (Rose) of Altoona, Robert Louis in South Carolina., Mark (Kelly) of Willmore and Joseph (Amanda) of Rock Hill, S.C.; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Gerald (Barbara) and Ronald (Barbara); a sister, Theresa (Stephen Pellegrine); many beloved nieces and nephews whom he always enjoyed seeing; and a very special longtime companion and caregiver for the last three years, Sharon Ray of Roaring Spring.

He was preceded in death by his wife; and two sons born prematurely, Robert Jr. and Ralph Paul.

Robert was a 1946 graduate of Altoona High School. He entered the U.S. Army and served in and was recalled during the Korean War. He was employed by Sylvania Electric Products from 1944-55, then by U.S. Steel Corp. at Fairless Works in instrumentation and automatic industrial controls from 1955-72. He then returned to Altoona to teach post-secondary and adult education at the Altoona Area Vocational Technical School. While teaching full time, he attended classes at Penn State where he made the dean's list and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education. In 1985 he entered the nuclear energy industry and was employed by various contractors to write, teach and supervise groups of procedure writers in nuclear power plants in Maine, Wisconsin, Michigan and South Carolina. He retired in 1999 to care for his wife after she suffered from a stroke. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Bob was an avid bowler, Little League coach and umpire and hunter. In his later years, he enjoyed working in his garden and spending time with his family and friends, who visited him and his beloved pets, Pepi and Molly. He was always caring, kind and helpful to anyone in need. He enjoyed the love and respect of a large, extended family and many friends.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, June 26, 2016, at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery with military honors by the Blair County Honor Guard.

Contributions may be given in Robert's memory to the family to defray expenses.