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December 1, 2012
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GARNER - The Rev. Thomas R. Balm (1932-2012)

The Rev. Thomas Ree Balm, 80, of Garner died at his home Thursday, Nov. 29.

He was born Aug. 14, 1932, in Fort Dodge, son of Thomas T. and Ivadel Balm. He married Darline Miller in 1954. He then married Marilyn Wilson in 1987.

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He graduated from Fort Dodge High School and attended Westmar College in LeMars. He attended seminary and served United Methodist Churches in Bolan, Lansing, Dysart, LeMars, Cedar Falls, Estherville, Davenport and Eldora. In 2001 Tom and Marilyn started spending their winters in Florida.

Survived by: his wife, Marilyn; his former wife, Darline Balm-Demmel of Cedar Falls; three sons, Stephen (Sara) of Spirit Lake, Jonathon (Angie Story) of Brooklyn and Brian (Nancy) of Omaha, Neb.; a daughter, Michelle Balm of Jesup; a stepdaughter, Kathy Janssen of Mason City; a stepson, David (Shelly) Alsvig of Boerne, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: a sister, Sally Dempsey; a brother, Jerry; and a granddaughter, Aubrey Oliver.

Memorial services: 1 p.m Monday at United Methodist Church, Garner. Visitation from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, at the church. Cataldo Funeral Home, Garner, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa.

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