Lowell L. Balk, 50, Walcott passed away Tuesday, January 4 in Essentia Health, Fargo.

Lowell was born April 25, 1960 in Mondovi, WI to Lee and Audrey (Hopf) Balk. Lowell graduated from Gilmanton High School in 1978. After graduation, Lowell went to work as a trucker for Bud Meyer Trucking in Lake City, MN for 4 years. In 1985, Lowell moved to Fargo where he worked for multiple trucking companies. His most current job was with E & B Trucking, a job he had for 10 years. Throughout his trucking career, Lowell accumulated close to 3,000,000 miles.

On January 8, 1993 Lowell married Julie Huseby in Fargo, ND. In September 2001, Lowell and Julie moved to their current home in Walcott, ND.

Among many things, Lowell enjoyed gardening, four-wheeling, camping, ice-fishing, attending rodeos and watching football.

Lowell also loved working in his yard. He was always willing to help whoever needed it and enjoyed socializing and visiting with people.

Lowell's wish was always to help others and he was able to grant the gift of life to others by being an organ donor.

Lowell is survived by his wife of 18 years, Julie, Walcott, ND; father, Lee Balk, Arizona City, AZ; son, Shad Balk, Fargo, ND; step-son, Chris Huseby, Fargo, ND; sisters, Lugene (Butch) Martin, Nelson, WI, Luann (James) Randall, Rochester, MN; brothers, Jack Balk, Stanley, WI, and Tim Balk, Trempealeau, WI.

Lowell was preceded in death by his mother Audrey Balk and Grandparents.

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  1. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you Boze. I miss you Brother. I know you and Mom are watching over us and seeing that we are all taken care of. Your miles keep adding up Boze. Give Mom a hug and love you both.

  2. Detroit Lakes MN
    Julie, so sorry to hear of both of your loss’. Both your mother and your husband. My thoughts are with you and may you find some comfort and solace. I work with Pauline R and she told me of your journey and how Lowell had called your mom every day while out on the road just to share a little of the day with her. He was a wonderful man and will be missed.

  3. Independence WISo very very sorry to hear about the lost of Lowell.You have our deepest sympathy. I’am a classmate of Lowell, and also friends with his bother and sisters. He was a good guy and we had fun in school also. I quess we never know what God has in store for us. Take one day at a time, you will have good days and bad days. It is so hard to lose a love one. I’am sure you and your family will miss him dearly. I heard that he got killed trying to help out another person, that is so very sad that his life had to come to a end like this. You will be in our thought and prayers. Love Billie
    Vicky Loesel
    class of ’78’

  4. I know you read this every now and then Julie. I just want you to know I will always be here for you. I will keep you in my prayers and do what I can to help you through this. Love you much

  5. Hawley MN
    Julie and family so sorry for you loss. I never knew his real name, I knew him as Boze when he worked at UMTAC with Mark and everyone. He was a great guy and my prayers are with you all through these trying times. God Bless.

  6. Eau Claire WI As a graduating classmate of Lowell’s from GHS in 1978, I was deeply saddened to hear about his passing. It seems life is alway cut too short and we’re never ready for it. While it’s been awhile since Ive seen Lowell, it is evident from the obituary that he lived life fully and was blessed with family and frends. The fact that ithe obituary speaks so much to his desire to serve and help others speaks volumns about the type of man he was. My sincere sympathy to his entire family for their great loss…Hold fast to the knowledge that frends, family and above all, God is with you and will see you through this very difficult time.

  7. I want to take this time to say “Thanks” to all who have left words of sympathy for my brother Lowell. It was wonderful to see so many of his family and friends at the prayer service and funeral. I want to thank Boulger Funeral Home for the marvelous website you have here.

    I have no idea where Shawn and Misty Gibree are from, but my heart goes out to the two of you. Lowell was doing what he seemed to do best and that is help out in a time of need. Thank you both for your caring words.

    God bless you both and your children

  8. Minneapolis MN
    Our prayers are with you for your loss of Lowell. God bless you all.
    Sidonia and David Starnes
    Minneapolis, MN

  9. In memory of Lowell L. Balk
    A true and faithful who died he loved to do helping others on January 5, 2011 in this location. God alone understands.

  10. Independence WILowell and I graduated from good old GHS in 1978. My sympathy to his family. I don’t know the details of his death, but the online condolences shout volumes of praises. I always knew he would have a wife and family that he loved dearly. I will keep you in my prayers.

  11. Mondovi WIMy condolences go out to the entire Balk family. Lowell was a great person. He will be sadly missed by all.

  12. Saint Paul MN
    To Lowell’s loved ones..
    I am so sorry for your loss. Lowell was a great guy, always smiling and always happy. I feel blessed that I was able to meet him. God must of had something really important that only Lowell could do, to have called him home so soon. Lean on one another, I pray that you can find some peace in knowing that you will be with him again someday, and he will be there waiting for you.

    God Bless,
    Moreen Bourdeaux
    Westway Terminal

  13. GARY MN
    Julie-We are so very sorry to hear about Lowell and your mom!!!! It sounds like he was a wonderful man! I know your mom was great!!! We are thinking about you and your family alot! Sorry we were unable to come to the services. May peace be with you!

  14. Wolverton MN
    Lowell, You will be truly missed. Lowell was madly in love with his wife and treated her like a queen. It was fun to watch you two dance and just be so happy together. You were a good role model.
    I will miss the way you told stories. You made listening fun!! You were a great story teller.
    I will miss your sense of humor and positive outlook on life.

  15. Colfax ND
    Lowell will be greatly missed. Sending out my deepest sympathy to Julie and family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Laurie Robertsdahl

  16. Hickson ND
    Lowell, best known to me as “Boze” or as I nicknamed you “Big Cat”. I had the pleasure of knowing you first as a co-employee, then as a friend, and last as a customer of mine. You were the best I had in all three regards. I was blessed to have you as a friend first and foremost. You always saw the bright side of things, this was best reflected in your laugh and of course your smile. They were both one of a kind. You are now making things better from up above for all of us and those up there too. You are a true hero Lowell. I will miss you dearly, but you will never be forgotten. Hope many more follow your lead, friend.

    Your friend forever,

    Mike Bice

  17. Walcott ND
    Julie, I am so sorry for your loss and still am in disbelief. You two were such a great couple. He will truly be missed. You and your family are still in my thoughts and prayers. I am here to be a shoulder for you to lean on at any time. God Bless you!

  18. Arizona City ArizonaLowell or as I know him, Boze was my brother. In fact the only brother that took the time to get to know me. I had the pleasure of seeing him from time to time in my life. I remember when we lived back in Wisconsin and when he passed our house on Hwy 29 he would honk his horn. We all got excited especially when he stopped in to see us. You are dearly missed and loved. Michael Balk

  19. Mondovi WIJulie, Shad, Lee, Jack, LuAnn, LuGene & Tim & Families–May God give you the strength to get through this very difficult time. May you find comort in the fact that Boze was able to give the most precious gift of life to others. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  20. Mondovi WIYou are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. May you hold the good memories you have of Boze close in your heart and trust you have a special angel looking out for you each and every day going forward.


  22. Fargo ND
    Julie & Family,
    Lowell was truely a wonderful man. He was honest, giving and always had a genuine smile. We had the greatest pleasure working with him. He was one of our favorite drivers! While he was at UMTAC Leasing, he befriended many people, including took the hearts of some young boys whom washed & cleaned your truck. They miss you too! They will never forget the respect Lowell gave them. We know that Lowell will always have a special place in our hearts.
    God Bless.

  23. fountain city wisJulie Shad Chris and Families

    Boze was my cousin and we had a lot of good times in our family gatherings.Boze was always a caring person and will be remembered for being a hero trying to help other people out. We are thinking of your families in this difficult time. God be with you. We will miss him a lot.

  24. Sharon ndMy deepest sympathy goes out to the Balk family for your tragic loss. I only got to meet Lowell this last fall for two days when he was delivering product to our farm. He was a very nice person and I was looking forward to meeting him next fall again.

  25. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Boze. Sadly, some people gain their greatness at the moment of death, when they have unselfishly attempted to help others. May God bless you all with comfort in the memories you will always hold close.

  26. Loveland CO Julie, like everyone else I am so saddened by the loss of both your Mom and Lowell. I’m sure you have so many good memories of them both that will help you thru this difficult time. And if you ever need an old friend from high school to talk to, please call me.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers always, Jenny (Joyce) Bryant

  27. Durand WIShad, you are a fine young man. I love you so much. Please keep the memories in your heart. He was a great father and a person who would help anyone out. Julie , Chris and your family, hold tight together and always remember the goods times. Thanks for letting me be there for Shad. I know you and Shad will get threw this. Wish I could be there tomorrow but I know that your family and friends will help comfort Shad and yourself. Love and prayers go out to Shad and Julie’s family.
    Love you Shadder, Mom.

  28. Mondovi WiJulie Shad & Lee – Lugene & Butch & Families,
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you thru these troubled times.Please find comfort in knowing that Boze was helping others then Just as he is now.
    God Bless You All

  29. Roseau MN
    Julie~ I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Lowell, but in just reading about him and having worked with you I am sure he was a wonderful and selfless man! You will be in my thoughts and prayers!


  30. Fargo ND
    I am so saddened to hear of your loss. It sounds like Lowell was a wonderful man, a hero and truly an angel on earth. He now has another job to do. Just know that there is a huge circle of caring around you within the Sanford Family. If you need anything do not hesitate to ask.

    Cyndi Gilbertson

  31. Fargo.N.D. Julie- I am so very sorry to hear about this tragic loss-even though I didn’t know him well- I do remember him being a very nice and helpful man and most of all he was very good to you and made you happy-he loved you very much- my thoughts and prayers and with you Julie- with love and sympathy- liz

  32. Durand, WI To the Family of Boze….Hold on to your memories they will give you strength. Let the love of your family and friends help you through the days ahead. Peace and blessings to you.

  33. Fargo ND
    We were very saddened to hear about Lowell. Roger and I often talk about you guys and wonder how you are doing and what kind of fun your having now. It was always so fun to see you guys and chit chat about fishing, four wheeling and things going on. Hearing what Lowell had done was no surprise as that was just the kind of man he was and always had a smile on his face and a great laugh. Whenever or wherever you saw him, he was glad to see you. He will always be remembered as a hero and what a great legacy he left for you and the family. Times ahead will be tough and just know that you have alot of friends that love you and are here to help with anything you need. Life is a dance and you and Lowell danced it well! Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Big hugs dear Julie!

  34. West Fargo ND
    I never knew Lowell Balk but when i read how he died i had to sign his book. What a HERO he was getting out of his truck to help someone else. Not many people would’ve done this and i feel so bad for his wife of 18 years (Julie)

    I only hope she can hold onto the fact that he was a very brave man and knowing that his organs are going to other people to help them live long lives will hopefully bring Julie some peace.

    God Bless the family of Lowell Balk.

  35. Wolverton MN
    Julie, My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. I did not know Lowell, but what I am hearing is he was a wonderful person, a great loss! In time your heart will heal but you will never forget him. Take care and always love him and cherish the memories of your time together.

  36. West Salem WIOur deepest sympathy to you and your family in this hour of need. Words can’t express the sadness that we feel for you. The only bright thing would be that he saved numerous lives with his gift. You’re family is in our prayers.

    Karen and Galen Mc Cutchen
    Shelly (Berger) and Janel (Pettis)

  37. hawley mn.Julie, Chris @ Shad. We love you. Bozey will be in our hearts and minds forever. We will never forget our times together. Please, please, if you ever need anything , we are here for you. Bozey was a “here for everyone” type of guy. A wonderful tour guide, and a very organized chauffeur. He will be so deeply missed. He was one of a kind. We are here for you. Love you!!!!