July 18, 1941 - May 23, 2012
At his request, no services will be held for Eugene Wesley Balkema, 70, of Bandon.
Eugene was born July 18, 1941, in Eugene, the son of Albert Wesley and Beulah Andress Balkema. He passed away peacefully at his home May 23, 2012.
He grew up in Oregon and Washington. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1966, during the Vietnam War. He transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard and served until 1969. He worked as a truck driver and mill worker for Moore Mills but, more importantly, a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, JoAnne Balkema; eldest daughter, Lori Balkema; son, Robert and AnnaLee Balkema; daughter, Kristina and Rusty Gandy; grandsons, James Balkema, Kenneth Gandy Wes Gandy; sister, Lois Voss; and brothers, George, Jim and Dennis Balkema.
Arrangements are under the direction of Amling/Schroeder Funeral Service, Bandon, 541-347-2907.
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