James Wendell Baliko | Davison Index


JAMES WENDELL BALIKO, 80, of Davison, MI, died on Friday October 15, 2021 at Ascension Genesys Hospital. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 pm on Monday, October 25, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrating. Interment, with military honors, immediately after Mass at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, October 25, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Jim’s memory.

Jim was born in Flint, MI on December 9, 1940, the son of the late Wendell and Marie (Hughes) Baliko. He graduated from Flint’s Technical High School class in 1959. Jim proudly served his country in the United States Army National Guard from 1958 to 1963. He married Carole Lucas on May 21, 1966 in Flint, MI. Jim graduated from Detroit College of Business with a BA, followed by an MA from Central Michigan University. He also taught at the Detroit College of Business for five years. Jim retired from General Motors in 1998 after 39 years of service. After his retirement, Jim was a licensed state real estate appraiser for 24 years. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the St. Andrew Scotch Society, the Buick Club and several golf leagues. Jim enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting, woodworking, flying, reading, going to the casino and traveling with friends from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Jim is survived by his wife, Carole Baliko; twin sons, Brian (Jennifer) Baliko and Keith (Kristin) Baliko; three grandchildren, Victoria “Tori” Baliko (special friend, Adam), Blake Baliko (special friend, Aubree) and Madisen Baliko; three siblings, Mary (David) Wood, Barbara (Joe) Wood and Susan (Bob) Pichey; brothers-in-law, John (Frank) Lucas; lifelong best friend, Denny Racine; several nieces, nephews, other loving family members and dear friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Wendell and Marie Baliko; the in-laws, Bill and Dorothy Lucas; sister-in-law, Marie Lucas and brother-in-law, Bill Lucas.

The family would like to sincerely thank the nurses and ICU staff at Ascension Genesys Hospital, especially James and Tiffany, for the compassionate and professional care given to Jim.

Please share your memories with the family at www.allenfuneralhomeinc.com

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