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Pause One True Love by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“Last November, Eric approached me outside the polls just after he had voted, calling me by name. I knew him by sight; but, it had been many years...Read More »
1 of 43 | Posted by: Greg Pressley - Fort Wayne, IN

“Eric was made from something so special, his spirit,smile, good laugh, his amazing heart. I will truly miss seeing his face with his awesome grin. ”
2 of 43 | Posted by: Mandy Fedock - Fort Wayne, IN

“Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences at this most difficult of times. May the outpouring of love you have received since Eric's...Read More »
3 of 43 | Posted by: Scott & Tammy Charters - Angola, IN

“Deb, my heart breaks for you. I remember when you and your boys lived here in the Village of North Oak, the boys were maybe early teens. Your boys...Read More »
4 of 43 | Posted by: Sharon Miller - Fort Wayne, IN

“Always in my memories and in my heart. God speed. ”
5 of 43 | Posted by: Joy K Williamson - Indianapolis, IN

“Eric's voice could intimidate but also could comfort. His size could intimidate but could also reassure. Man I knew love life it's very unfortunate...Read More »
6 of 43 | Posted by: David Carroll - Portage, MI

“No person is truly ever alone; Those who we loved echo still within our thoughts, our words, our hearts ~ My deepest sympathies to the family ”
7 of 43 | Posted by: Jillian and Zak Keller - IN

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Peggy Ferguson ”
8 of 43 | Posted by: - friend

“We are sorry for your loss & know words will never be enough to fill the void of such an amazing man. ”
9 of 43 | Posted by: Jayson and Rachel Maples - IN

“I am truly sorry for your loss, your family is on our minds and in our prayers~ ”
10 of 43 | Posted by: Jillian And Zak Keller - IN

“I'm so sorry for your loss, Alicia. Eric and my dad worked together for such a long time, that he become apart of our family. We are all here for you...Read More »
11 of 43 | Posted by: Danielle Cook (Dorais) - IN

“So sorry for your loss. ”
12 of 43 | Posted by: Julie Hagg - Roscoe, IL - Friend

“I want to extend my deepest sympathy I'm so sorry for your loss! You know my late husband Don lost both of his sons I can't imagine how horrible!...Read More »
13 of 43 | Posted by: Jennifer Vollmer - Fremont

“So sorry to hear of your loss . It will also be a great loss for GLBC , we will miss his amazing presence and wonderful smile. ”
14 of 43 | Posted by: Debbie Phillips - Kalamazoo, MI

“I'm so sorry for the loss of a beautiful soul and amazing man. ”
15 of 43 | Posted by: Melissa Swing (Duesel) - Warsaw

“Eric was the best neighbor, true friend, and part of our family. He always had a smile on his face and had that special gift of putting a smile on...Read More »
16 of 43 | Posted by: The Damerell Family - Fort Wayne, IN

“Eric will be missed more than words could ever depict. The void left will never be filled with anyone so giving and caring than he was. To me and so...Read More »
17 of 43 | Posted by: Stacey Roth - Auburn, IN

“Our Deepest Sympathies from the Pulaski County Coroner's Office. ”
18 of 43 | Posted by: John Behny - IN - Acquaintance

“It was an honor and a privilege to know Eric. Eric was a great person with a huge heart and a smile for all May God give comfort to your family...Read More »
19 of 43 | Posted by: Sue Arnold-Richards - Fort Wayne, IN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your beautiful family. We love you guys. - David & Kara ”
20 of 43 | Posted by: David & Kara Roth - Family

“We offer prayers for your loss.....your son, Captain Balliet, passes as a hero...May Your wonderful memories of Eric give some relief from sorrow. ”
21 of 43 | Posted by: Jack and Marsha Cook - Waterloo, IN

“Eric was a blessing to all the souls he touched. I am so very sorry for your loss.Judie Doyle (retired FWFD) ”
22 of 43 | Posted by: judie doyle - north port, FL

“Eric~~you left a great big hole to fill. May God wrap those who remain in his loving arms & soothe their aching hearts. ”
23 of 43 | Posted by: Margaret Brown - Pullman, MI

“I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sending much love and prayers. ”
24 of 43 | Posted by: Gwen Adams - FL - friend

“I did not know Eric very well, but we both attended any family functions celebrating Austin Davenport. Eric was always very happy, smiling and...Read More »
25 of 43 | Posted by: Patricia Davenport - Edon, OH

“I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. Gail I'm not sure you remember me but I was a friend of Ty and Phyllis. I lived on Sunshine...Read More »
26 of 43 | Posted by: Jeannine Strombeck - Venice, FL

“We are so sorry for your loss, Gail & Elaine and his wife and children. ”
27 of 43 | Posted by: Jim & Kathy English - Fremont, IN

“REST IN PEACE, my friend. You will be missed by your family, your friends, and coworkers, but never forgotten. Godspeed. ”
28 of 43 | Posted by: Brian Burton - Fort Wayne, IN

“My condolences go out to Eric's family! I went to high school with him, he always knew how to make someone's day better wether it was with a smile or...Read More »
29 of 43 | Posted by: Annette Ault (Merriman) - IN

“So sorry for your loss of a husband, son, father, brother and a dear friend. saying prayers for all of you. ”
30 of 43 | Posted by: sheryl gorrell - fort wayne, IN

“Aunt Ann and Uncle Keith I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure ya'll will miss Eric all so very much. Just remember he is in a much better place now ....Read More »
31 of 43 | Posted by: Amy Goza - Jonesboro, AR - family

“Rest In Heaven My Friend ”
32 of 43 | Posted by: Mark Terry - Fort wayne, IN

“Eric will always remain a true friend to so many. My thoughts go out to all of his family. Ive know Eric since High School, worked along side him...Read More »
33 of 43 | Posted by: Jonathan Mabee - South Burlington, VT

“We knew "Big E" when he worked at Piere's in security! He was such a sweet soul! He always had a smile on his face! Our thoughts & prayers to his...Read More »
34 of 43 | Posted by: Chris & Charlene Daymude - IN

“so so kind you helped with our warm n cozy we are the blessed ones thank you and lucky to meet the beautiful wife you cherished always not sure what...Read More »
35 of 43 | Posted by: Marilyn and Mike Stanford/ Stonebraker - IN

“What a wonderful man. My prayers are with his family and loved ones. ”
36 of 43 | Posted by: Mary Jo Illig - Murfreesboro, TN

“Eric, you are so missed. I didn't get to see you as often as some but everytime we togethter you always treated me as if we were around each other...Read More »
37 of 43 | Posted by: Larry - FL - friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Eric will remain in our hearts forever. Al and Darla Chamness ”
38 of 43 | Posted by: Al & Darla Chamness - Fort wayne, IN

“Deb and family, So very sorry for your loss. Cherish all your special memories of Eric and all the love you shared. ”
39 of 43 | Posted by: Carla and Todd Yates - Leander, TX

“Deb and family, So very sorry for your loss. Cherish all your special memories of Eric and all the love you shared. ”
40 of 43 | Posted by: Carla and Todd Yates - Leander, TX

Like Father like Son “Eric loved his John Deer tractor his Grandmma and Grandpa Balliet bought him. At the time his Father also had a big John Deer. He may even b looking...Read More »
41 of 43 | Posted by: Deborah Armento - Springhill, TN

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
42 of 43 | Posted by: Denny & Terri Gratz - Cape Coral, FL

“ Lisa, There are no words that can help lessen your grief, but I want you to know we are so sorry for your loss and are here for you whenever you...Read More »
43 of 43 | Posted by: jeanne stefanko - columbia city, IN

Captain Eric J. Balliet, 41, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 during a training session with the Fort Wayne Fire Department. He was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne. Ericgraduated from Northop High School in 1994 and earned his associates degree from Ivy Tech.

Eric was a 19 year veteran with the Fort Wayne Fire Department; a paramedic with Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, a Deputy Coroner with the Allen County Coroner's office since 2009, Captain of Traffic Division for Allen County Sheriff Reserves and Dean of Campers at the Great Lake Burn Camp of Jackson, MI. He was a member of Pathway Christian Church.

Eric was passionate about his family as well as his service to the community. He received numerous achievements through both Fort Wayne Fire Department in addition to the other organizations he served. His family and friends will miss his love, and his ability to light up a room with his humor and genuine love for people. His heart was larger than his stature.

Surviving are his loving wife, Alicia K Balliet and their twin children, Lucas and Alyssa of Fort Wayne, IN; father, Gail R (Elaine) Balliet of Angola, IN; mother, Deborah (Thomas) Armento of Spring Hill, TN; brother, Aaron Balliet of Fort Wayne, IN; sister, Tina (Matt) Willis of Angola, IN; grandmother, Nancy LeValley and grandfather, Raybourn LeValley of FL; In-laws, Robert (Dorothy) Zimmerman of Clearwater, FL; brother in law, Robert (Karen) Zimmerman of Fort Wayne, IN; sister-in-law, Carrie (Michael) Miller of Angola, IN grandmothers, Catherine Roth of Huntertown, IN; Roberta Roth of Fort Wayne, IN; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Eric was preceded in death by grandparents, Grandville "TY" and Phyllis Balliet.

Service is Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:00 am at First Assembly of God, 1400 W. Washington Center Road , with Rev. Ron Williams officiating. Calling Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from 2 - 8 pm at Pathway Community Church, 11910 Shearwater Run . Burial in Huntertown Cemetery, Huntertown, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the Great Lakes Burn Camp for Kids P.O. Box 6189 Jackson, MI 49204. Arrangements by D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road Fort Wayne, IN 46825 To sign the online guest book, go to