Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1938

Willard Balch WILLARD B. BALCH, 46, member of Ranger High School Class of 1938 at Ranger, TX, but left school prior to graduation, was the son of the late Robert & Lela Mae Brewster Balch, born on Sept. 15, 1919. He went to mortuary school in Ft. Worth. Upon completion of this training, he worked for a funeral home there in Ft. Worth. He then came back to Ranger to work for Killingsworth Hardware & Killingsworth Funeral Home until WWII. He served in the U.S. Navy and was deployed to Europe with the Graves Registration where they resumed the bodies of our soldiers to be sent back to the U.S. When this tour of duty was complete, he then was assigned to the occupation forces where he was place in charge of an officer's club. He returned to the U.S. with his wife to be (Gerda Burger) & they lived in Odessa, TX, where they were both employed. They had one son and then twins sons in a period of 18 months (Burton, Blane & Byron Blach, later they divorced. Willard died on Oct. 2, 1965, in Taylor County. He was survived by a brother, Robert "Bob" Balch, Jr. (RHS-1947) and wife, Ann of Tucumcari, NM, & a sister, Mildred Balch (RHS-1942).