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Debo Funeral Home

833 Court Street, Fulton, MO

OBITUARY

Richard Lewis Balagna

February 12, 1955August 16, 2019

Richard Lewis Balagna, 64, of Williamsburg, Missouri passed away at his home on August 16, 2019. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Debo Funeral Home in Fulton, Missouri. The family will receive guests from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Rick was born on February 12, 1955 in Farmington, Illinois to the late Delbert and Lois Molchin Balagna. He was a 1973 graduate of Winnetonka High School in Kansas City, Missouri where he was a star on the track and field team. Rick worked in the construction business and he had a deep love for his family and animals. He is survived by his wife, Terri Johnson of Williamsburg; sons, Tim Remegen, Dale Remegen and Daniel Balagna; step-daughters, Misty Rameriz, Mae Johnson-Paulo and Renee Pitt; grandchildren, Cole, Sierra, Tiffany, Dustin, Alexis, Alexander and William along with four sisters, Debbie Hackman, Beverly Beekman, Dianna Naas, and Brenda Gallant, seven brothers, Jerry, Fred, Larry, Jeff, Mark Randy and James Balagna. Rick was also preceded in death by brothers, Dennis and Delbert Balagna. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Second Chance Animal Shelter in care of Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court Street, Fulton, Missouri 65251.

  • FAMILY

  • Terri Johnson, Wife
  • Tim Remegen, Son
  • Dale Remegen, Son
  • Daniel Balagna, Son
  • Misty Rameriz, Step-Daughter
  • Mae Johnson-Paulo, Step-Daughter
  • Renee Pitt, Step-Daughter
  • Debbie Hackman, Sister
  • Beverly Beekman, Sister
  • Dianna Naas, Sister
  • Brenda Gallant, Sister
  • Jerry Balagna, Brother
  • Fred Balagna, Brother
  • Larry Balagna, Brother
  • Jeff Balagna, Brother
  • Mark Balagna, Brother
  • Randy Balagna, Brother
  • James Balagna, Brother
  • Rick is also survived by seven grandchildren; Cole, Sierra, Tiffany, Dustin, Alexis, Alexander and William.

    He was preceded in death by his parents Delbert and Lois Molchin Balagna and two brothers, Dennis and Delbert.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Memories

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Dennis Nelson

August 21, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family. I was a classmate of Rick's and the trainer on the track and cross country teams in high school, and marveled, as we all did, at his running prowess. I regret that I didn't get to know him better, but I do recall his kind spirit and refused to look on me as "just the trainer". He was a good man and is a loss to us all. RIP, Rick...

Dale Mason

August 21, 2019

I came across the obituary in the KC Star yesterday. I used to work with Rick at Northland Construction back in the mid 70's. I worked summers and graduated from Van Horn in 75. I played against Dennis our senior year. Rick and I hit it off immediately and somehow we always had fun and laughed while we were working in the heat putting in basements. I haven't been in touch with him since the late 70's. I was with Rick the day the trench collapsed on Dennis and remember when they came and got him off our jobsite. I felt compelled to share a brief note. Though I lost track of him and only knew him a short time I knew he was nothing but fun to be around. May he rest in peace.

Beverly Beekman

August 18, 2019

To my brother Rick, spent his whole live working hard for the good of everyone else. Such a kind soul, a good and gentle man. Would help anyone, no matter what. We all laughed at his "one word" vocabulary, he knew how to use it and he used it well. You had to love being outdoors and spending time with animals in order to spend time with him, that was his passion. The sport of running was effortless to him. His thirteen siblings could never catch him. I will miss you so dear brother, all my love!

Mae Johnson-Paulo

August 17, 2019

There are so many things that could be said about Rick, so many memories to share, but I think what someone else told me they would remember most about him, sums it all up the best... "[He treated us] like gold". It didn't matter who you were, as long as you treated his family with respect he treated you like family. He will be greatly missed!! Its hard to let go of someone so special. But it was his time to soar.

Fred Balagna

August 17, 2019

Will miss you so much brother! Will always love you and family! Rick loved life, he was one of the most caring people I have known. He had such a love of life and was always there to help out. He did have a love of running, but also had an unbelievable crave for advanced math, yet very personable and loved to play fun on his older brothers!
Love you brother! And will see you again!

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