Duran “Dobie” Balyeat age 84, passed away Monday April 7th at his residence in Berne. He was born in Conneaut, Ohio December 5, 1929 the son of Charles Wayne and Helen Ruth (Gongwer) Balyeat. He was married June 2, 1967 to Jo-Ann O’Brien who survives. He had been District Manager for H&R Block in Toledo, Ohio retiring in 1988. He later worked for Bearcreek Farms in Bryant for 16 years. Dobie had a rich and full life sharing abundant love and happiness with his family and friends. He was always witty and quick with a joke. Dobie would tell anyone he met how blessed he was to have such a wonderful family. He was so proud of all his children, their spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He always kept up with the happenings in their lives, offering advice and praying daily for them in all their endeavors. Dobie had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and sitting on the porch taking in all of God’s wonders.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years Jo-Ann Balyeat of Berne, a daughter Deborah Kerr-Brenner (husband Richard) of Mason, Ohio, a son Jeffrey Balyeat (wife Jacqueline) of Breckenridge, Colorado, a daughter Jill Schott (husband Jack) of North Lawrence, Ohio, a daughter Cynthia Balyeat of Westfield, Indiana, a step-daughter Pam Behrendt of Rockford, Michigan, a step-daughter Kimberly Wharton (husband Michael) of Snellville, Georgia, a step-son Richard O’Brien (wife Roxanne) of Westerville, Ohio, step-daughter Linda Page of Berne and step-son Timothy O’Brien (wife Lynn) of Toledo, Ohio. He has Twenty two grandchildren and Thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Rev. Charles and Helen Balyeat, sisters Mary Gee, Ruth Malone and Lillian Horst, a brother Charles Balyeat, son-in law Harry Behrendt and a granddaughter Lindsay Schott.
Memorial services will be Saturday April 19th at 10:30 A.M. in the Westchester United Methodist Church in Portland with Rev. Darrell Borders presiding. Family will receive guests from 10:00 – 10:30 A.M. Burial will be in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant. Memorials can be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Way Memphis, TN. 38105 . Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland are in charge of arrangements.