MOUNT VERNON — Arthur A. Balazs, 86, of Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Knox Community Hospital.
He was born Oct. 25, 1926, in Capels, W.Va., to the late Joseph and Goldie Balazs. Arthur attended the Columbia Military Academy before joining the U.S. Navy in 1944. He reported to boot camp in Williamsburg, Va., where he was trained by the Seabees and then transferred to Little Creek, where he and his crew received the LSM-125 from Brown Shipyard in Houston, Texas. While serving, he saw action in Okinawa and the occupation of Korea. Arthur was discharged from the Navy in May 1946, with the rank of Gunners Mate Third Class. Following the war, he returned to Japan to work at the 7th Base Post Office.
Arthur was a member of the Window Glass Cutters League of America, VFW and American Legion, both of Mount Vernon, and active with the Mount Vernon Farmers Market.
Arthur collected Canadian large cent pieces; and enjoyed fishing, camping and taking care of his blueberry bushes. Most important to him was the quality time he spent with his children and grandchildren in their everyday activities.
He is survived by three sons, Stephen (Vicki) Balazs, Michael Balazs and Christopher K. Balazs, all of Mount Vernon; five grandchildren, Aubrey, Brooke, Lisa, Andrew, James; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph (Pauline) Balazs of Sumter, S.C., and Andrew (Patricia) Balazs of Charleston, W.Va.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother.
A prayer service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, where friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial, with full military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Honor Flight Columbus, P.O. Box 12036, Columbus, OH 43212; or visit www.honorflight.org.
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