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In Loving Memory Of

Bob Balisky


Bob Balisky, resident of Goodwin, Alberta, passed into eternity on Monday, October 17, 2016, at the age of 76.

Bob was the ninth of ten children born to George and Nellie Balisky. He grew up on the Emerson Trail, attended Canuck country school and then high school at Peace River Bible Institute. He graduated from Olds College in 1960 and married Ruth Peters on July 14, 1962.

Bob, with Ruth and several brothers, homesteaded the Goodwin area in 1964. He and his youngest brother, Terry, farmed together for 40 years along the Emerson Trail and then worked together in other business ventures. During some of the homesteading years, in order to support their dream of farming, Bob and Ruth lived in Arizona, working on John Wayne’s Ranch, among other jobs.  In the Grande Prairie area, Bob has been involved in fertilizer business, Intercoast, Countryside Motorsports, and most recently, Bar 71 Aviation and Prairie Coast Equipment. He loved his community and served on the AG Service Board, Appeal Board, Western Forage Beef Group, AB Cattle Commission and Canadian Cattle Commission. 

A keen outdoorsman with a love for God’s creation, he was always looking for the next thrill either on horseback or in the air.  He was an avid horseman, hunter and lover of everything campfire. In his later years, he took his ranching skills to the ring and found his love for competitive team-penning and cattle-sorting, much of which he did during his Arizona winters. 

In 1978 he earned his Commercial fixed-wing Pilot’s License and spent many years crop-dusting. This past winter, he added Helicopter Pilot to his resume.

He had a great love for kids and a heart for youth. Much of this passion was expressed through the Annual Rodeo hosted on the Balisky Bar-71 ranch for the support of Peace Country Wilderness Camps. He had a unique way with people, making everyone feel valued, and he welcomed one and all into his life. The coffee was always on.  He was a master delegator and could turn the most mundane jobs into a party.

A devout Christian, Bob was a contributing member and leader in the Bezanson Community Church. He also served on the Board of Peace River Bible Institute for many years. His life was a testament to God’s faithfulness.

Bob will be ever missed by his loving wife Ruth and their children: Lois (Tim) Toews, Celeste (Dale) Emerson, Susan (Terry) Emerson and Wade (Aubrey) Balisky. Thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild follow in his steps.  

He was predeceased by three siblings: Ralph (Jean), Kathleen (Mark) Landis, and Calvin (Barbara).

Remaining are two sisters and four brothers: Ruth (George) Foxall, Eileen (Bill) McLellan, Larry (Lorraine), Dan (Joyce), Paul (Lila), and Terry (Marcia).

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11:00am, at Grande Prairie Alliance Church (15502 102 St.).

Memorial donations may be made to Peace River Bible Institute (Box 99, Sexsmith, AB, T0H 3C0), Peace Country Wilderness Camps (711038 B RR 52, County of Grande Prairie #1, AB, T8W 5A2), or to Burden Bearers Counseling Centre (10005-97 A St. Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 2C2).

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In Loving Memory of

Bob Balisky


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Funeral Service Details

Funeral Service
Friday, October 21, 2016
11:00 AM
Grande Prairie Alliance Church
15502 102 St
Grande Prairie, Alberta
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