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Richard Allen Balzum, age 56 of Buffalo, passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021. He was born November 14, 1964 in Ada, MN, the son of Ronald and Florence (Arestad) Balzum.

Rick graduated from Ada High School with the class of 1983. He furthered his education at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Rick worked IT Security with Qwest Communications for many years.

On June 26, 2005, Richard Balzum and Scott Eastvold were united in marriage.

He enjoyed anything and everything about computers, he was great at fixing them and building them from the ground up. Rick also enjoyed working on his motorhome, Star Trek and Dr. Who, traveling and camping.

Rick was a very kind and caring individual. He had a generous heart helping others, making delicious meals for his neighbors and fixing anything that needed to be done for them.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Florence Balzum; and sister, Shirley Riley.

Rick is survived by his husband, Scott Eastvold; brother, Stacey Balzum; sister, Tami (Bruce) Sargent; beloved cat, Ole; and many other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM, with visitation one hour prior, at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN. 763-682-1363.

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Karen Anderson

    My deepest sympathies….

  2. Sandy Hanson

    You were brave and good dear Rick, love you lots

  3. Dave Valdes

    “Second star to the right, and straight on ‘til morning.” -William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk
    Rest well cuz. We’ll miss you.

  4. Bonnie Foss

    I’m so sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences.

  5. Lori Tuhy

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Susan Hauge

    So sorry for your loss!!!

  7. Stacie Eastvold

    Such a sweet, dear & genuinely a great brother in law. You will be missed forever, but never forgotten. My heart breaks for you Scott

  8. Sara Halvorson

    Sorry for your loss…I never got to meet Rick but he sounded like a really nice guy from what his little brother Stacey has told me over the years

  9. Gabe Saude

    I want to extend my condolences to Rick’s family. I always enjoyed visiting with him when in Ada.

  10. Brittany Shofner

    Rick is a wonderful friend to my son and I. He is someone my son looks up to. Rick is very missed and loved. We are very blessed to live next door to such caring, helpful, and outgoing men.

  11. Shannon and Linda Gilbertson

    We are so saddened to hear of Rick’s passing. He was such a wonderful guy!We are sending our love and prayers to his husband Scott and family.


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