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In Memoriam: Egon Balleby (May 6, 1938 – Feb. 26, 2023)

Egon Balleby of Mount Angel passed away on Feb. 26, 2023. Egon was born on May 6, 1938, near the town of Ringkobing, Denmark. 

Egon started as a very early age working in the farm fields of Denmark. He learned the electrical trade and began a career as an Electrician.

In January 1958, he joined the Danish Royal Navy and was stationed at a radar base on the island of Mon, Denmark. This installation monitored the passing of ships from the Baltic Sea during the Cold War. It was there he met his future wife, Inga Jacobsen.

On Sept. 4, 1960, Egon and Inga were married and soon left Denmark to begin a new life in Southern California. 

In 1967, Egon and Inga moved their young family to Oregon in their ’64 Ford Galaxy. They found their home in Mount Angel and have lived in Mount Angel ever since.

Egon was an Electrician at the Birds Eye plant in Woodburn, Oregon. He eventually became the supervisor of the electricians and remained so until his retirement.

Upon his retirement, he spent much of his time making short trips in Oregon some of which may have been to a casino or two (his most favorite pastime). He was an avid follower of the Portland Timbers. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ejnar and Kristina Balleby, and by brothers Verner and Kresten Balleby.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Inga; his son, Karsten (Kim); his daughter , Nina (Jim); sister, Ketty in Denmark; four beautiful grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews throughout Denmark.

Private services will be scheduled in the spring/summer. 

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