Rowe Albert ‘Buzz’ Balmer Jr., 73, ‘U of M’s biggest fan’

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Rowe Albert Balmer Jr.
Rowe Albert Balmer Jr.

Rowe Albert ‘Buzz’ Balmer Jr., 73, of Shallotte, died Thursday, April 28, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Rowe was born on November 2, 1942, in Detroit, Mich., a son of the late Rowe A. Balmer Sr. and Mary Lee Vail Balmer.

Rowe, known to family and friends as ‘Buzz,’ played football for the University of Vermont before moving on to the University of Michigan, where he obtained his undergraduate degree. He went on to the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his law degree and a masters in accounting. Buzz’s interests included golf, traveling, sports and family. He will be remembered as U of M’s biggest fan!

Surviving are his beloved wife, Jane; and his five children, Julie Hughes (Michael), Wendy Patterson (Rick), Brad Balmer (Patricia), George McAvity (Michelle) and Lindsey Bertrand (Darren); and two sisters, Su Reed and Sarah Balmer-Stott (Steve). Buzz was the proud grandfather of 11 fabulous grandchildren, Tommy and Haley Hughes, Ryan, Regan and Evan Patterson, Rowe, Hagen and Mairenn Balmer, Jenna McAvity and Libby and Kate Bertrand.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, at the Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel. The family will welcome family and friends from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home, 5229 Ocean Highway W., Shallotte. A reception will follow at River’s Edge Golf Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fisher House.

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