Frederic Wreford Balsam

February 26, 2020

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August 21, 2020

Frederic Wreford Balsam

February 26, 2020

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August 21, 2020

Frederic Wreford Balsam passed away quietly on Aug. 21, 2020, in his hometown of Billings, at age 92. Fred was the youngest son of Dr. E. G. Balsam and Connie Chappel Balsam, born on Feb. 26, 1928. A graduate of Billings Senior, University of Montana and a Sigma Chi, Fred was well known by longtime members of the community, as he always joined in 100%, from Square Dancing to the Black Powder Club, Little League President and Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader. Fred had great passions: his only love, Barbara “Bobbe” Balsam; his love of travel and adventure from a very early age; and to grandly entertain all around him.

Fred is survived by son Scott (Debbie Kudrna) and daughter Shellie. He also has six grandchildren, Toby (Angie), Trevor (Sarah), Jessica (Anne Marie), Joseph (Sydney), Nicholas, and Katie. He also has three great-grandchildren. His wife, Bobbe, and sons Chuck, Wref and Mike all predeceased him. 

The greatest thank you should go out to the Heroes at Bella Terra, Fred’s home for the last eight years. These people became his family and took loving care of him. There will be no services.

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8 thoughts on “Frederic Wreford Balsam”

  1. Scott / Shellie …. Sorry for your loss, just seeing this brings back so many childhood memories of your family & our neighborhood. I lost track of most everyone even tho iI am still in town & somehow missed the passing of both Wref & Mike, sorry for those losses as well. All the best to you & your families moving forward. ……. Bill Wrightson

  2. I was sad to read about Frederic Balsam’s passing. I never met him but my husband, Gerald Graham, knew him well and always spoke of him with fondness and respect and held him in highest esteem. Gerald passed away 3 years ago but I speak for him when I write this. Fred gave Gerald, an 11 year old kid who had recently lost his father under the most devastating circumstances, a much needed job as a plumber’s helper so the kid could afford to buy new clothes for school. Fred was given flack by the Union because the kid was too young to carry that job title so Fred just changed the job title, revised some of the job description and kept Gerald on…..at the same wage level. Over the past many years, Gerald and Fred would sometimes meet, usually at a hardware or home improvement store. Afterword, Gerald would come home with a big smile on his face and always tell me the story of Fred’s kindness and understanding. Your father made a difference in the life of a young person who was in a world of hurt and it was never forgotten. For that, I know Frederic Wreford Balsam earned his wings long before August 21, 2020.

  3. Fred was truly a nice guy. I worked with him for a couple of years during the late 70’s and was always amazed how cheerful and upbeat he was everyday. Fred’s personality had a very direct and positive affect on those around him and most assuredly influenced many more indirectly. Anyone who knew him would agree, other than Scott, Debbie, Shelly and all the great-grandkids, that will be his legacy.

  4. Scott, Debbie and Shellie, transitioning to Montana was made so easily because of Fred and Bobbe. Their home was opened to my family and Billings became part of our lives. Fred always stopped at our home in Colstrip during the 80’s and we all loved having his visits. He was a gentleman and a kind person.
    My sympathy goes out to you and the family.

  5. Fred was a warm and compassionate gentleman–and a terrific family historian. He will be missed, and sorry for your loss, Scott and others.
    –Sincerely,
    Steve Chapple, E. Rosebud Lake

  6. Susie Thiel Grant

    so happy I called Fred the summer of 2011–we went out to dinner and talked forever! so many great memories of growing up and living next door to the Balsams. Happy times for sure. So sorry for the loss–but so glad you all were a great part of my life.

  7. Condolences and greetings to the Balsam Family from Anner Marble. I have fond childhood memories of your family, your mom and dad, and of swimming and playing with Shellie at the Hiland’s Club. I’m sorry for the loss of your dear Dad and send love and prayers your way. Take gentle care and revel in the good memories.

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