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OBIT: James “Jim” Balkenende, 76, of Charles City

James “Jim” Balkenende, 76, of Charles City, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

A memorial service for Jim Balkenende will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Roseville with Monsignor Walter Brunkan officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
A celebration of life will be held at The Pub On The Cedar in Charles City from 1:00 to 5:00 on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

James William Balkenende, the son of William and Christine (Weiss) Balkenende, was born on December 2, 1942 in Marble Rock, Iowa. He served in The United States Army. Jim was united in marriage to Nadine Johnson on April 19, 1969. To this union three sons were born: Michael, Richard, and Brian.

Jim worked for White Farm and DMC Manufacturing until his retirement. He enjoyed collecting baseball cards, coins, and stamps. After his retirement he sold his treasurers at various flea markets. Jim loved being outdoors where he liked fishing, hunting with his dog Ginger, camping with family and friends, and mushroom hunting. Jim spent his Saturdays watching the Hawkeyes and the Green Bay Packers on Sundays. Above anything, the joys of his life were his five grandchildren: Meadow, Tate, Clara, Addie, and Jacob. Jim’s favorite saying was “If I knew how much fun being a gampa was, I would’ve done it first.”

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nadine; two sons: Rick (Courtney) and Brian (Erin); five grandchildren; siblings: Jane Dutcher, Judy, Bob (Betty), Jack (Jane), Nancy (Raymond) Guthart, Sandra (Jim) Sanford, Tom (Rhonda) and Don (Annette); along with many nieces, nephews, and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael; brother, Dick; brother-in-law, Jerry Dutcher; and beloved dog, Ginger.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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