June 23, 1926 – Feb. 26, 2007
Walter Jacob Balzer was born June 23, 1926 to Daniel and Sarah Balzer in Scottsburg, Saskatchewan.
He entered peacefully into the presence of his Lord Jesus Christ on February 26, 2007.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother in law John Friesen.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in 1946 and was baptized on his birthday joining the Vauxhall M.B. Church. Several years later he moved to Vancouver beginning work with BC Electric. He was faithful in his work and received several promotions during the next six years. During that time he met Mary Gossen who became his beloved and faithful wife for 54 years. He called her his beloved Jewel whom he had received from the Lord. They were married on August 17, 1952.
Their ministries were spread over five provinces from B.C. to Ontario. In Ontario they became house parents of some twenty delinquent boys ranging in age from nine to seventeen. In Vineland they ministered to phys-
ically and mentally challenged adults in Bethesda home for twelve years training them how to do simple assembly line jobs. In Calgary they ministered to men who struggled with substance abuse seeking to provide wholistic ministries including spiritual needs. From there they pastored in Snow Lake, Manitoba and then in Nipawin, Saskatchewan in church planting and training students at the Nipawin Bible Institutes in Evangelism which was his heart’s compassion.
Upon retirement they moved to Clearbrook, B.C. becoming involved in the Clearbrook M.B. Church and ministering in several care homes for the next twelve years.
After five weeks of illness in the local hospital which included hip surgery he entered into the presence of his Lord Jesus Christ.
He leaves to mourn his wife Mary, four sisters, three brothers, nephews and nieces.
Viewing will take place Wednesday, March 7 at 9 a.m. in the Clearbrook M.B. Church. Internment service at 10 a.m. at the Maclure Cemetery. A mem-
orial service at 11 a.m. in Clear-
brook M.B. Church followed by refreshments. Donations to MBMSI in lieu of flowers.
Wiebe & Jeske Funeral Services
In Care of Arrangements