MELVIN TIMOTHY BALKE, age 87. Beloved husband of the late Hanna (nee Bauer). Loving father of Michael Balke (Rebecca). Dearest son of the late Melvin and Leona (nee Cline) Balke. Dear brother of Sarah Brown (Brownie, deceased). U. S. Army Veteran. Mr. Balke was the former U.S. Diplomat to the United Nations for over 30 years where he began the Food For Work program in the Philippines. He spent 15 years in Asia and the remainder of his time in Botswana. He then was a longtime resident of Hinckley, Ohio. Funeral services Thursday April 22, 2021 at the funeral home 1:00 PM. Interment Ridge Cemetery (Hinckley, Ohio). The family will receive friends (while practicing social distancing and the use of masks) THURSDAY 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the A. RIPEPI & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS (WEST OF I-71).
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