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James David "Jim" Balsley, 65, of Westfield, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, after a three-year battle with esophageal cancer. He was born Aug. 25, 1951, to Richard and Margaret Kathryne (Carson) Balsley in Hartford City, Indiana.
Jim attended North Anderson Elementary, Central Junior High, and graduated from Anderson High School with the class of 1969. He has many fond memories of his school years and greatly enjoyed reconnecting with many classmates recently. Jim attended GMI in Flint, Michigan, Tri State in Angola, and graduated from Ball State with a BS degree in 1974 and an MS in degree 1977.
He married Janet Lee Crum on July 1, 1979, at Hopewell United Methodist Church in rural Frankfort, and she survives.
He was a member of Bethany Christian Church in Anderson and Noblesville First United Methodist Church. Jim taught in the Noblesville School system for 38 years, and coached varsity tennis for over 30 years. He also participated in Westfield Youth Sports for several years as a coach and a director.
Family was very important to Jim, and he greatly enjoyed getting together with and talking with his extended family, including many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jim is survived by his mother, Kathryne; wife, Janet; sons, Patrick Richard Balsley of Fishers, and Nicholas James Balsley of Noblesville; sister, Celia Ann Grise of Greensburg; sister-in-law, Jo Ann Balsley of Somerset, Pennsylvania; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Lewis Balsley; brothers, Richard Scott and Rex Lewis; brother-in-law, Kenneth Grise; grandparents, Winfield Scott and Margaret Balsley, and Dorance and Esther Carson; and mother-in-law, Doris Ellen Crum.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road, Noblesville. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the funeral home with Pastor Kent Stookey officiating. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Hopewell Cemetery, 3460 E. 500 N., Frankfort.
Memorial contributions may be made to Burnsville Christian Church, 2891 S. 900 E., Columbus, IN 47203; or Hopewell Cemetery Association, c/o Lee Paris, 2566 E County Road 600 N, Frankfort, IN 46041.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.randallroberts.com.
Published on November 22, 2016
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