Frederick William Balkovetz
Oct. 15, 1936 - Feb. 15, 2018
Frederick (Fred) W. Balkovetz, age 81, died at his home in Hoover, Ala., surrounded by his family. Fred was preceded in death by his parents George and Sally (Fullwood) Balkovetz, sister Virginia Maxine Balkovetz Schaub, daughter Virginia Marie Balkovetz and grandson Thomas Daniel Balkovetz. Fred is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Pfohl Balkovetz, sons Lt. Col. (ret) William Russell Balkovetz and Dr. Daniel Frederick Balkovetz (Mary), and grandchildren Amy, Carolyn, Ann and David Balkovetz.
Fred was born in Sheridan, Mont., and raised in Twin Bridges, Mont. He graduated with honors from Montana State University on a ROTC scholarship. Following graduation, he entered the United States Army to begin an honorable 25-year career, and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.
During Fred’s distinguished military career, he served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War and another overseas tour as an advisor to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During his first tour in Vietnam, he served with the Military Assistance Command Vietnam. In his second tour he was the operations officer for the military base at Long Binh. His heroic service during the Vietnam War earned him the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, two Bronze Star Medals, the Soldier’s Medal, and the Air Medal.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105).