BALOG, W.R. “Bob,” 88, of Waldwick, formerly of Wyckoff and Tamarac, Florida, passed away on February 19, 2020. The son of the late George and Margaret Alocks Balog, both Austrian immigrants, Bob was born August 3, 1931 in Crucible, Pennsylvania. He played basketball and baseball at Carmichaels High School, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he joined his father and brothers in the coal mines at Crucible Steel. A corporal in the army during the Korean War, Bob earned a Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, ROK Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. Upon his return from the war, Bob worked for Eastern Airlines for nearly 30 years. Following that, he was employed in non-public educational services and later retired from Barton Security.
A quiet, gentle soul who loved animals, Bob enjoyed working in the garden, preferably with a cold beer in his hand. He was an active parishioner at St. Elizabeth’s (Wyckoff, New Jersey), enjoyed country music, helping anyone in need, and visits with family and friends. He maintained a sense of humor until the end.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Lou Daly Balog, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and caregivers. He was predeceased by his eight siblings.
Bob’s viewing will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary R.C. Church, 700 Wyckoff Ave. Wyckoff, New Jersey. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. follow by interment at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite charity in Bob’s memory.