DEERTON, MI. - Gerald "Jerry" Herman Balmes of Deerton, Michigan. (July5, 1937 - July 16, 2012) Born to Beverly (Woodward) Balmes and Herman Balmes in Marquette, MI.
About age 5, along with sister Phillis, age 2, their parents moved them (work reasons) to lower Michigan (Troy area). While going to high school he also worked with his father learning the painting trade.
Jerry served the U.S. Army from 1956 until he was honorably discharged in 1962.
Jerry married Jean Marie Lane in 1959 and started his family. After his military discharge he went to trade school and became a tool and dye maker. In 1967, now with four children Jerry knew it was the time to make the bold move back to the Upper Peninsula, they settled in (Shelter Bay). Work for a tool and dye maker was limited so Jerry found temporary work for UPS and joined the Painter local union 817. In 1973 Jerry had his fifth child and last (Janet) after working ten more years as a painter, Jerry was voted into the president position for the Painters Local Union. After making many honorable advancements for the painters and local, he then started a painting business himself ( Great Lakes Painting) which he retired from in 2002.
Jerry was a great cook. His specialty was soups and no one ever said they had better smoked fish.
He was a master mason and belonged to the American Legion.
He was an excellent pool shooter and he loved to fish and hunt with family and friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Beverly Balmes, his grandson James Balmes II, and his uncle Gale Woodward.
Jerry's ashes will be laid to rest beside his mother and father in the Deerton Cemetery on August 5th, 2012, 11:00AM, and there will be a luncheon at his home on Whitefish Road afterwards. All are welcomed. If you wish to give sympathy or a memorial gift send C/O Steven Balmes, 406 Quarry Rd, Marquette, MI 49855.