James Haas "Jim" Balsbaugh, 82, of Wilson, died Tuesday, December 13, 2016.
Funeral, Saturday, 11:00 AM, First United Methodist Church, followed by a time of visiting and sharing.
Surviving is his wife of 60 years, Patricia "Pat" Groome Balsbaugh; sons, Paul Balsbaugh of Wilson and James Balsbaugh (Melanie) of Long Valley, NJ; daughter-in-law, Margaret Balsbaugh and her sons - the grandsons - Timothy and Kevin, of Lopatcong, NJ.
Preceding him in death is their son, David; brothers, Dr. Thomas and Edward Balsbaugh, PHD; parents, Edward and Margaret Balsbaugh.
Jim was born in Harrisburg, PA, and grew up in Steelton. A BS degree in Chemistry was awarded from Lebanon Valley College and a BS in Business from Ramapo College. His DuPont career was in the explosives division and spanned over 30 years in several locations throughout the country. He also developed a product line for Walter Kidde. In Wilson, he was an avid gardener and was a member of the Wilson Master Gardeners. There was a love and talent for gourmet cooking as well as knitting. Recently, he helped provide prayer shawls for the church.
Jim enjoyed his family vacations and, especially, fishing for flounder at the Jersey shore. He loved and treasured his sons and grandsons and was proud of their faith and values in recognizing and helping others.
Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 1423, Wilson NC 27894-1423.