Balwant Rai Suri, 95, passed away in his Mount Vernon home on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, from natural causes. Memorial services
are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at First Federated Church, Lisbon. Arrange-ments are with Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services in Mount Vernon.
Balwant's loving wife, Margaret, preceded him in death in 2009. Also preceding him in death were his parents and three brothers.
Surviving are his children, David and Diane of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Rajindar Paul of Anamosa, Iowa, Sheila and Jim Arney of Marshalltown, Iowa, Ramona and Daryl Tapper of Polk City, Iowa, and Mark and Joanne of Deerfield, Ill. Balwant also is survived by his grandchildren, Court and Elgn Arney, Benjamin, Marissa Suri and Quinton Raj Edwards-Suri, M. Spencer Tapper, Diedre, Sara and Dana Suri; and great-grandchildren, Alexander Edejer Suri, Lily Rose Arney and Ethan Kelly James Arney.
Balwant was born May 3, 1922, in Rasulpur, India. His family lived in nearby Lahore until they fled their home at the time of the great partition between Pakistan and India to the safety of India. Recognizing the value of education, he traveled to the United States for his bachelor's degree at Michigan State, his master's degree at the University of Minnesota and his doctorate in food technology at Oregon State. In 1951, he married Margaret Elaine MacBeth in Michigan. After a long and varied career that took him around the United States and the world over the next 45 years, Balwant and Margaret retired to the family farm in Mount Vernon.
Balwant loved his family and he loved the land. He was proud of his achievements, and firmly believed in the many opportunities that this country offered. He always was quick to offer advice to anyone who asked on how to take advantage of those opportunities.
Balwant was a very devoted, 40-plus year member of First Federated Church in Lisbon.
In lieu of flowers and plants, a memorial fund for Balwant has been established at First Federated Church, 115 N. Walnut, Lisbon, IA 52253.
Please share your support and memories with Balwant's family on his tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.