Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights St, Hot Springs, AR


Richard Frank Balsitis Sr.

November 5, 1943August 11, 2019

Richard Frank Balsitis, Sr, age 75, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Father on August 11, 2019. He was born on November 5, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Frank Balsitis and Marjorie Murray Balsitis. On November 18, 1994, in Bolingbrook, Illinois, he married Heidi Proppe.

Rich loved his family deeply and prided himself in providing for them. He worked for Frito Lay for forty-two years. When he was not spending time with his family or working, he could be found on the water fishing for whatever would bite.

Left to cherish his legacy is his wife of 24 years, Heidi Balsitis; son and daughter-in-law, Richard Balsitis Jr and wife Kris; daughter and son-in-law, Jill Boreham and husband Todd; stepson and daughter-in-law, Gregory Zenier and wife Sherri; and stepdaughter, Faith Hayes; two brothers, Paul and Lawrence Balsitis; former spouse, Susan Percifield (Steven), six grandchildren, as well as many extended family members, and a host of wonderful friends.

The family will be celebrating his life with a memorial service in Illinois at a later date.

In lieu of flowers and other customary condolences, memorials can be made to Save-A-Pet Adoption Center at 31664 N. Fairfield Road, Grays Lake, IL 60030.


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Richard Frank Balsitis Sr.

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Faith Hayes

August 21, 2019

I’m at peace, that you’re at peace. With that said, I’m absolutely crestfallen that you didn’t receive my last letter to you.
I can only hope you have an omnipotent vision in your passing to know what I wrote.
In summary:
You saved us. You changed the trajectory of our lives. You loved us unconditionally, something we had never experienced before you. You will always be our father.
I love and miss you terribly, but know I will see you again.

Gina Janas

August 15, 2019

Your dad made me feel like I was his own from the beginning! He had a gift at that for sure because he made everyone feel special. Sending all my love to the family during this very sad time. Love you!

Susan Brown

August 15, 2019

Heidi, I know you are walking in that fog of numbness and no words can provide any comfort. Just put one foot in front of the other, one day at a time and when you are just too overwhelmed with emotion take a deep breathe. I was thinking about you guys and needing to take a road trip and then I heard the news. I will miss his laugh and I remember fondly when he kept telling me to stop making him laugh. You both are valued friends and I will miss him dearly. If you need anything just call day or night.

Judy Smith

August 15, 2019

I am sorry for the death of your Dad, Husband, and friend it is such a sad time right now but in time I hope the memories will remain to remind you how much Uncle Rich loved you. I smile when I think of the wonderful memories as kids being with your family for the week (even though I was a tag along). Some of the best memories I have are being at your house, swimming, hanging out at parties, and 4th of July. There is no way to take away the pain you are feeling and I wish there is something I could say but words just cannot seem to say what I feel in my heart.
All my love during this time of sorrow.


August 15, 2019

May peace be with you Rich, Jill and all extended family. Rich was a very warm, welcoming person, a nice guy to be around. May he rest in peace and you all should feel comforted knowing how much he loved you.

Marcy Almeida

August 15, 2019

Rest peacefully Rich. I always considered you my big brother and love you very much.

Cindy Balsitis

August 15, 2019

Uncle Rich,
You always made us feel so loved. Your smile with loving hugs and kisses will be missed deeply. Thanks for the laughs and great memories of sliding down your carpeted stairs when I was little, fishing or even tubing on your boat. Love you, miss you!
Love, Cindy

Rich Balsitis

August 15, 2019

Thanks for being the best Dad a boy could ever want. I'll always be your Buddy. I'll miss you, Pops.

Jill Boreham

August 15, 2019

Daddy, I will always be your Peanut.