Stephen “Steve” Ray Balko

Stephen “Steve” Ray Balko, 72, a resident of Pearland, TX for over 30 years, passed away June 15, 2023 in Pearland, TX. Steve was born January 23, 1951 in Houston, TX. He served his country as a Staff Sgt in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Germany as a Helicopter Technician. He worked for Hatfield Aviation, C.A.S.E., Falcon Crest Accessories as a Shop Foreman, and with United Batteries. Steve was smart, a great carpenter, and a craftsman.

He is preceded in death by his son, Travis Balko; parents: Milton and Mildred Balko; Brother, Dennis Balko.

Steve leaves behind his wife of 26 years, Irma Balko; step-daughters: Robin Moore (Keko), Nancy Brewer (Gene), and Susan Collins (Bruce): grandchildren: Jacob Skillen, Coralana Trevino, Brendan Bruyere, (Bryleigh); sisters: Theresa Feeney (Jim), and Jenise Hildebrand (Gene); brothers: Jerry Balko (Carole), and Doug Balko (Jimmie Sue); numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful companions his Pomeranians, Gypsy and Rover.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home in Pearland with a family rosary to begin at 6 p.m. Memorial service will begin Friday, June 30, 2023 at 10 a.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland. Father Jim Courville officiating. Burial of ashes will immediately follow at South Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to M.D. Anderson,


  1. My Dear Beloved Big Brother, Steve ! You will be truly missed, and Forever In My Heart ! Steve may you Rest In Peace Now ! I look forward to the day we meet again, at The Holy Gate’s of Heaven ! Love You Steve, Little Sis, Jenise Hildebrand

    Jenise Hildebrand
  2. Irma,

    I am so sorry about the loss of Stephen…he fought a long time, and you were such a wonderful giving wife, helping him every step along the way. Sending you strength, courage and love Irma. Take care of you now.


    Jerri Trigg

    Jerri J Trigg
  3. Irma,

    I’m so sorry for your loss of Dear Steve. I always enjoyed hearing about you and Steve from my mother. He was always helping mom with little projects and she was always so excited to see his work. She also enjoyed visiting with Steve and taking him goodies! She looked forward to staying connected to y’all for all these years.

    I know these past few years have been hard on both of you. You never skipped a beat and always took care of Steve with all your might. Your love and dedication is admirable. Hugs and love to you during this time and I look forward to seeing you soon.

    Patisu, Grayson and Berkley

    Patisu Plott
  4. Steve you were the best step dad thought of you just like my dad. You showed me the right way to do things and showed me how much you loved me as your daughter. I miss you dearly but in a much better place no pain or suffering anymore.I look forward to when we meet again. I love you.

    Susan Collins
  5. Doug, We are truly saddened by the news of Steve’s passing. Our Sincerest Condolences to you ,Jimmie Sue and your entire family .
    May God comfort you all .

    Carl&Theresa Bilbo. June 25, 2023

    Carl Bilbo
  6. R.i.P. Stephen.
    Stephens Tod macht mich sehr traurig und ich fühle mit Dir liebe Irmgard und Deiner Familie. Stephen wird uns unvergessen bleiben. Ich habe ihn als einen liebenswerten und wertvollen Menschen bei Euren Deutschlandbesuchen kennenglernt, den alle gerne hatten. Wir haben viele schöne Stunden zusamnen erlebt. Sein langes schweres Leiden hat Stephen geduldig ertragen, bei dem er Dich, Irmgard, immer an seiner Seite wusste. Nun ist er erlöst. Das soll uns allen ein Trost sein.
    In stillem Gedenken und Gebet
    Würzburg, Germany, Juni 2023

    Roswitha Mayer

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