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Balkenende, Robert "Bob" John -

Robert "Bob" John Balkenende

Tracy City -
Funeral services for Mr. Robert “Bob” John Balkenende, age 73, of Tracy City, TN, will be conducted at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at St. Marks Catholic Church in Manchester, TN. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Roseville, Iowa on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Manchester Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Mr. Balkenende passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Tristar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Bob was born in Charles City, Iowa, the son of the late William and Christine Balkenende. He was a member of the St. Marks Catholic Church in Manchester, TN, where he also was an usher. He also was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Bob enjoyed riding motorcycles, playing baseball, tennis, building things, and most of all spending time with his family. Bob had a great sense of humor and will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Dick Balkenende and Jim Balkenende (Nadine). He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Darter Balkenende; two daughters, Jackie Connelly (Tom) and Teri Balkenende (Traci); three brothers, Jack Balkenende (Jane), Tom Balkenende (Rhonda), and Don Balkenende (Annette); four sisters, Jane Dutcher (Jerry), Judy Balkenende, Nancy Guthart (Raymond), and Sandy Sanford (Jim); one grandchild, Sanne Balkenende.
Manchester Funeral Home is honorered to serve the Balkenende Family.


Starts: 5/15/19 at 5:00pm
Ends: 5/15/19 at 8:00pm
Manchester Funeral Home
Manchester, TN 37355

Funeral Service
Starts: 5/16/19 at 10:00am
Ends: 5/16/19
St Mark Catholic Church
Manchester, TN 37355

Starts: 5/18/19 at 12:00am
Ends: 5/18/19
St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery
Roseville, IA 50636


Pat says:

Hi Mr.Balkenende
it was nice to meet you..... You are Angel look over your famliy

Carol Nunes says:

Very beautiful! May God be with you during this very difficult time. You and your family. in my thoughts and prayers. Carol (Frascht)(Schuknecht) Nunes

Bonnie Scurry says:

The video is just great. Blessings to you and your family. Now you will always have a guardian angel helping you.

Gary Govro says:

What a very beautiful and moving tribute to Bob and your family! I remember Bob for many things, but my favorite memory is watching him pitch the Warriors to within a game of the Iowa Sub-state baseball tournament in the spring of 1964. Prayers and blessings to you and your family.

I wish I could make it down for the Roseville services on Saturday, but my health does not permit it at this time.

Gary Govro

Kathy Frazer says:

That was a wonderful tribute to n o t only your husband but father. Betty may you find peace with all the thoughts and prayers from your family and friends.

Fran Schmitt says:

Another one home to heaven. He is at peace. May you all let your great memories of Bob sustain you in the days ahead.

Bill Shindelar says:

Bob and I were classmates at Roseville Elementary School in the 1950's. There was a bully a couple grades ahead of us. Bob was soft spoken and very laid back. But you could push him only so far. Well Bob took care of the problem all by himself. We really couldn't believe what was happening. He was our hero. We continued on the same path, junior high-high school. Bob was a great left handed pitcher, and I was the catcher. We played a lot of baseball together, and became close friends. He was a great human being. It's really sad to think he's no longer with us. Bill Shindelar

Sandy (Crowell) Holden says:

Rest in peace Bob! Betty and family you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your tribute to Bob was beautiful!

Pat and Bob Schmitt says:

The video is a great tribute to Bob, what great memories for his family. Prayers to you Betty and your family

Janice Elias says:

When the Roseville school closed, the kids came to the Rudd, Rockford, Marble Rock school district. The Balkenende family was well received; they were such likeable kids! My sympathy to your family.

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