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James E. Balogh
Balogh – James E., “Coach”, 96, Richland, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on January 30, 2021. Born on December 5, 1924 in Quecreek, PA, son of Charles and Bertha (Keri) Balogh. Preceded in death by his parents; son, James Balogh Jr.; 4 brothers, John, Charles, Alex, and Steve, and 4 sisters, Pearl Marston, Betty Balogh, Erma Polis, and Irene Owens. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Margaret (Slis) Balogh; children, Bonnie L. (Craig) Kern, Berkeley Springs, WV, Vickie A. Newton, Moreno Valley, CA, Sharon S. (Steve) Matsko, Glen Allen, VA, Dr. Lori L. (David) Lindbergh, Richland, Barbara L. (Craig) Williamson, Cape Coral, FL, and Pamela J. (Donald) Knight, Citrus Heights, CA; grandchildren, Marci (Arthur) Bard, Moreno Valley, CA, Matthew (Margaret) Kern, Deal Island, MD, Jennifer (Nick) Feaster, Chesterfield, VA, Dr. Stephanie Matsko, Glen Allen, VA, Bretton (Abigail) Kern, West Mifflin, PA, Dr. Lauren Matsko, Staunton, VA, Emily (Jeffrey) Bengel, Pittsburgh, PA, Travis Knight, Sacramento, CA, Dylan Knight, San Diego, CA, Jason Knight, Citrus Heights, CA, Kristin (Scott) Tyson, Clayton, NC, and Kyle Lindbergh, Sanford, NC; great grandchildren, Hannah, Ethan, Madelyn, Maybree, Reagan, Molly, James, and Luke, and numerous nieces and nephews. James was a 1943 graduate of Richland High School and then earned a degree in Health and Physical Education at Slippery Rock University. He played on a Farm League for the Chicago Cubs for several years and later a Scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers. James served with the 3rd Infantry Division in the US Army during WWII, where he earned 4 Purple Hearts. He retired from Westmont Hilltop after 33 years of service as a teacher. James was also Head Coach for the baseball and basketball teams and assistant football coach. He was a member of Windber VFW Post #4795, where he served on the Ritual Team; Old Timers Baseball League, and was also in a bowling league at Richland Lanes. James was also past Commander of both the Military Order of Purple Hearts Chapter #992 and the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. James loved watching sports, playing golf, gardening, and spending time with all his family. He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan. James loved watching old Westerns and Audie Murphy was his hero. In his later years, he enjoyed playing BINGO with his wife and friends at Graystone Court. Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland and from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Scott Klimke officiating. Entombment will be at Richland Mausoleum with military rites conducted by Windber VFW Post #4795 Ritual Team. The Saturday funeral service will be broadcast on FM radio station 88.3 if you are near the church or visit https://www.mt-calvarylutheran.org/radio-broadcast/ for live streaming. The family suggests contributions, in memory of James, be directed to Windber VFW Post #4795, 1420 Graham Ave, Windber, PA 15963 or to Military Order of Purple Hearts Chapter #992, 245 Peaceful Valley Road, Windber, PA 15963, or to the Disabled American Veterans, 1000 Liberty Ave # 1606, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.
I graduated from Westmont in 1972. Mr. Balogh was my basketball coach for 3 years. I learned many life lessons from him that I still live by today. Not only was he a great coach, but a truly wonderful man and part of the greatest generation. He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to your family. Rest In Peace, Mr. Balogh.
Rick Raab Feb 14 2021 12:00 AM
I graduated from Westmont high school in 1974. I remember Mr. Balog as a fine man and a great example for young people. We called him " Bimsey". I don't know if he ever knew that, and I don't remember why..
I send condolences to his family. May God bless and rest his soul
Scott Little Feb 6 2021 12:00 AM
Truly an American Hero. I had the honor of meeting him at his daughter's home in Florida. He lived a life of honor and integrity.
Patrick Wood Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM
I am sending sincere sympathy at the loss of this wonderful man, husband, father, uncle and friend.
Uncle Jim and Aunt Marge were a part of my life when I was young. My parents ,Eileen and Alex Balogh, would take the family to Mine 37 to visit Grandma and all the family..
I remember Uncle Jim making homemade root beer and how happy, generous and kind he always was.
Sending much love to the family
Pat Balogh Sherk Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM
Uncle Jim, you are a great man. Thank you so much for bringing so much joy into the World and into our hearts. I will never forget your smile that never seemed to fade. And for the family, I wish you all comfort in knowing what a full life uncle Jim lived and how fortunate he was to have you. My cousins, you are all so amazing and no wonder with a father like that. Aunt Marge, you were made for each other. You were both so blessed to have each other. Wish I was there along with your family to hold your hand and help you through this. Sending lots of love
Susie Balogh Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM
The WHHS Class of 1974 sends heartfelt sympathy to Coach Baloghs family. He was truly a great American, coach and teacher who will always be appreciated and remembered fondly. May he rest in eternal peace
WHHS Class of 1974 Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM
Please accept my sincere sympathies on the passing of Coach Balogh. He was my baseball coach at Westmont Hilltop from 1967-1969. He was a great coach, teacher and mentor. Thank you for his service to our country. May God Bless you during this difficult time.
Geoffrey Henry Class of 1969.
Geoffrey Henry Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM
A true American Hero . Thank You Sir for your Service. So loved to see him when he came to the VFW events.
Linda Malisko Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM