OBITUARY

Ronald Maurice Balsam

December 23, 1927June 1, 2019

Ronald Maurice Balsam, 91, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Ron was born and raised in Houston, and retired to Shoreacres/La Porte, Texas. In 1999 he dealt with the loss of his wife of 50 years by joining the bereavement group she started, Samaritan Ministries, and later went on to lead his own group in the Texas Hill Country. Ron was a big friendly man, a devout Catholic, WWII veteran and avid fisherman, but his greatest joy was simply being surrounded by his family which is exactly where he was when God called him home.

He is preceded in death by wife, Betty Plitt Balsam; mother, Jeannette; father, Peter Maurice; brother, Neil; and daughter, Jeannette Christensen. He is survived by sister, Rita Hokanson; brother, Raymond (Sedie); children, Charles (Beth), Richard (Melissa), Michael (Jane), William (Mary), Lawrence, Susan (Glo Minaya), James (Deborah), Elizabeth Wallace (David), and Mary McDougal (Randy); twenty-two grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.

Visitation Thursday, June 6 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with Rosary starting 7pm at Earthman Funeral Directors, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024. Funeral mass will be held Friday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road, Houston, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Thomas High School Scholarship Fund, 4500 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77007 or a charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • He is preceded in death by wife, Betty Plitt Balsam; mother, Jeannette; father, Peter Maurice; brother, Neil; and daughter, Jeannette Christensen. He is survived by sister, Rita Hokanson; brother, Raymond (Sedie); children, Charles (Beth), Richard (Melissa), Michael (Jane), William (Mary), Lawrence, Susan (Glo Minaya), James (Deborah), Elizabeth Wallace (David), and Mary McDougal (Randy); twenty-two grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.

Services

  • Visitation with the family Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Rosary Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Reception Friday, June 7, 2019

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Jeff and Esther Ellis

June 5, 2019

Ron was an outstanding lector at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in HSB. Our community misses him. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all Ron’s family. May Ron Rest In Peace with his beloved wife, whom he spoke of so often.
Jeff and Esther Ellis

Cynthia Cook

June 4, 2019

I met Ron Balsam through my Sister Catherine Bourg. We were both to young to be Widows. Ron was helping with Cathy's grief, Ron originally was befriended by her husband who he met in Pelican Bay, Paul Bourg passed in 2010.
Ron was a Sharp dresser, very intelligent, quick witted, an excellent story teller and a little be of a jokester. He left an imprint on us and will be truly missed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY