Notes on George Balluff (1884 - 1943)
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Notes on George Balluff

From a northeast Iowa newspaper (Clarion?), April 1943.


          George Balluff, son of Joseph and Marie Balluff, born October 20th, 1884, at Strawberry Point, Iowa, died March 30, 1943, at his home in Clarion, Iowa, at the age of 58 years, 5 months and 10 days.
          He received his early education and grew to young manhood at Strawberry Point. In the year 1905 the family moved to Oelwein, Iowa. The following year he was employed by the Chicago Great Western railroad and later was promoted to the rank of engineer.
          On September 24, 1913, he was united in marriage to Fern Sackville of Oelwein and the same year moved to Clarion.
          In the year 1926 he engaged in the partnership know as the Balluff and Thorpe hatchery. In this pursuit he continued until about six years ago when his failing health made it necessary to retire from active business.
          He was a home man, loved God's out-of-doors; he had great love for his flower garden; he gained much comfort in his failing days, just to be able to work and be among his flowers and to watch them grow and enjoy their beauty and loveliness.
          Mr. Balluff bore his long illness patiently, heroically and with much fortitude. He kept his faith true to the end in keeping with the seers words; "I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith, and now I know there is laid up for me a crown."
          He leaves to mourn his passing, his grief-stricken and devoted wife; one sister, Celia Balluff of Oelwein; four nephews and two nieces. Those that preceded him in death were: his father and mother, one sister and one brother.
          Funeral services were conducted at the Eyler Funeral home Friday, Apr. 2, at 2:00 p.m., Rev. L. H. Preul, pastor of the First Methodist church, in charge.

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