Walt Balliet was local insurance agent
Walter A. “Walt” Balliet, 84, of Rapid City, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Walt was born on May 22, 1929, to Jacob A. and Dorothea (Strobie) Balliet on the family farm northwest of Trail City. He attended grade school at Fischer School and graduated from Northwestern Lutheran Academy in Mobridge in 1947. He took over the family farm from his parents in the fall of 1948.
Walt married Marjorie E. Nicholas on Sept. 9, 1950. Walt and Marge moved to Mobridge in 1966, where Walt became an insurance agent for Mutual of Omaha. Later, on July 15, 1967, Walt became as State Farm agent. He was a President’s Club member at both companies.
Walt retired in 1982, due to health problems. During his retirement he enjoyed fishing and restoring old vehicles, especially trucks. He enjoyed going south to Harlingen, Texas, during the winter. In 1966 he and Marge moved to Rapid City. In recent years he enjoyed playing cards and visiting family and friends. He was a devoted family man and was extremely proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Dorothea; brothers, Alfred, Arnold, Albert, Glen and Marvin; and sisters, Pauline and Bertha.
Walt is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marjorie “Marge” Balliet of Rapid City; two sons, G.L. “Jerry” (Lois) Balliet of Dickinson, N.D., and Jeffrey A. (Nancy) Balliet of Rapid City; one daughter, Judy E. (Dan) Smith of Rapid City; two sisters, Helen Petersen of Parade and Eleanor Harder of Seal Beach, Calif.; grandsons, Jason (Kim) Balliet, Wade (Michelle) Balliet, Bennett Smith, Dillon Smith and Tanner Smith; granddaughters, Lisa (Roger) Balliet-Miller and Jessie Balliet; one step-granddaughter, Lori El Aroussi; and great-grandchildren, Paige Balliet, Will Balliet, Jake Balliet, Brynn Balliet, Adalynn Miller, Hatch Miller, Ashley Fite, Austin Fite, Zenayah Fite and Zayd El Aroussi.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rapid City.
Memorials can be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or the charity of choice. Family and friends may sign Walt’s online guestbook at www.kirkfuneralhome.com.