Leonard 'Pounder' Balch Jr.

04 Feb 2020 | 09:17

    Leonard “Pounder” Balch Jr. of Matamoras, Pa., passed away on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Port Jervis, N.Y. He was 87.

    Son of Leonard L. Balch Sr. and Hazel McElroy Balch, he was born on Dec. 26, 1932, in Port Jervis.

    He proudly served our country during the Korean War with the U.S. Air Force. Len retired as an administrator and math teacher from the Monticello Central School District. He also taught math as an adjunct math professor at Orange County Community College.

    He was a member of the Devore-Quinn Post #486, American Legion, Matamoras, Pa., a member of the Lost Camp Hunting Club, Westfall, Pa., an active member of the Port Jervis Lodge of Elks, #645 B.P.O.E., a past member of the Stone Dock Hunting Club in Pond Eddy, N.Y., and a former member of the Matamoras Fire Department.

    Leonard married Joan DeAngelo Balch, who pre-deceased him.

    He is survived by his sons, Aaron Balch and his wife, Kathy, of Wind Gap, Pa., and Timothy Balch and his wife, Jill, of Tafton, Pa.; his beloved grandchildren, Aaron John, Bryan, Taylor, Amber, and Aliah Balch; great-grandchildren, Brenna, Madeline, and Beckett; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins, including his special nephew Bruce DeAngelo and his wife, Leila.

    Len was pre-deceased by his brothers, Jack and Dennis Balch.

    Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Port Jervis. The Port Jervis Lodge of Elks will conduct services followed by military honors at the funeral home. Spring interment will be private at Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Matamoras Fire Department, P.O. Box 252, Matamoras, PA 18336