Christopher Lee Balvanz

Christopher Lee Balvanz, 18, of Hawkeye, died Thursday, May 26, 2016, as a result of an accidental drowning.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Hauth Park in Hawkeye with Rev. David R. Nelson officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the park on Tuesday. Memorials may be directed to the family at 106 E. Burger St. Hawkeye, Iowa 52147. 

Christopher Lee, son of Martin Lee and Tammy Balvanz, was born, October 14, 1997, at Waterloo, Iowa. He was baptized in Waterloo. He was currently a Senior at Sumner-Fredericksburg High School. Christopher enjoyed video games, hunting, hanging out with friends and especially enjoyed fishing with his dad. He was always there to help anyone he could, whether he knew them for a long time or just met them.

Christopher is survived by his parents, Martin (Yvonne Ellefson) Balvanz of Hawkeye and Tammy (Jeff Weber) Balvanz of Waterloo; five siblings, John (Katie) Balvanz of Jesup, Angela (Denny Kamp, Jr.) Balvanz of West Union, Tim Balvanz of Waterloo, and David and Dan Ellefson of Lansing; Grandparents, Evelyn Primmer of Waterloo, and Mel (Lynda) Primmer of New Hartford; aunts and uncles, Charie Vetter of Nevada, Barb Cozad of Arizona, Pam Piccolo, Virginia (Kurt) Krull, Roxanne Hemmer of Waterloo, Randy (Judy) Hankins of Cedar Rapids, Tena Lindgren, Deb (Mike) Overmann, Mikell Hankins, and Rodney Hankins; numerous cousins; and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joan (Earl) Hankins, and Leroy Johnston;  great-grandparents, Josephine (Thomas) Levendusky; and a cousin, Amanda Cozad.


Damian on May 30, 2016 at 6:10 PM said:

I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to your family. Chris had a great outlook on life. He will be missed by many.
Marilyn Desmond on May 29, 2016 at 6:13 AM said:

So sorry for your loss. I'll keep you in my thoughts.
Heather Sliekers on May 27, 2016 at 8:48 PM said:

My prayers go out to your family in this horrible time of sorrow. May God be with all of you.
Evelyn Burchfield on May 27, 2016 at 4:14 PM said:

So very sad to hear this news. Please accept my husband's and my deepest sympathies. We're praying that God would give you comfort and peace at this very difficult time.
Beth Diers on May 27, 2016 at 1:29 PM said:

My heart goes out to you during this unimaginably painful time. Love and Prayers to all.

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