Cecil Allen Balefske , A Beloved brother, uncle, and friend was born the eighth child out of nine to Carl August Balefske and Alice Marie Armstrong Balefske on September 20, 1932. He passed away peacefully on November 14, 2021 at the age of eighty-nine.
Cecil never married or had children of his own, so as he reunites with his parents and siblings, he will be closing the garden gate behind him on the Balefske Family surname. Cecil is preceded in death by his parents Carl and Alice Balefske, his two infant brothers, Henry and Carl, his six sisters, Emma Balefske, Doratha Watson, Maybelle Steiner, Alice Caldwell, Lura Ludwig, Bette Balefske, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Cecil retired from United Airlines after over thirty-five years of service. He loved to travel with his sisters, rock hunt and make jewelry with Doratha (Dot), he loved fishing, hunting, golfing, swing dancing, family gatherings, gathering friends and much, much more. He often volunteered at the Kearns Senior Center and played the harmonica with their band, known as the “Harmoni-Katzz.” Although he has many nieces and nephews, in his travels he always made sure to gift each of us a small trinket that never failed to make us feel special. Even so, it was his bright smile, his kind heart and expert wit that was, and will forever be the greatest gift of all. To most, he was an amazing Uncle and Friend; To some, he was the best Uncle Dad that anyone could have asked for, and to our children and grandchildren, he was a fun-loving Uncle Grandpa.
My Dear Uncle, My Sweet Friend, I will forever be honored to have gained your friendship and for the deep-rooted trust you have had in me to be your caretaker and voice throughout the end of your life’s journey. You will forever be in my heart with your smiles and enduring kindness. No matter what challenges surged your way, you faced them head on as if you were a skipping stone dancing through turbulent waters, fueled by your infinite humor and wit. I truly have been blessed with your presence in my life. My special thanks goes out to his caretakers at Cottage Glen that came to love him and care for him just as much as I do, especially to those Angels that he chose to be his extended family. You will be forever in my heart Skippy! “I’ll catch you on the other side.”
With all my love, Denise the Niece.
Visitation at McDougal Funeral Home 4330 S Redwood Rd., Monday Nov. 22nd, from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. Graveside Services at West Jordan Cemetery 7925 S 1300 W, West Jordan, UT following visitation at 1 P.M.
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