Curtis Balmer, 45, of Ames passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at his home after a short and difficult journey with pancreatic cancer.
A Celebration of Curtis' Life will be held on Monday, February 27, 2023 from 4-7pm at Torrent Brewing Company, 504 Burnett Ave, Ames. There will be a time for remarks and sharing of memories at 5pm.
Curtis Glenn Balmer was born November 1, 1977, in Davenport, Iowa to Roger and Sandra (Depew) Balmer. He grew up in Roland where he received his education, graduating from Roland-Story High School in the class of 1996. Following graduation, Curtis attended Iowa State University where he earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering. Curtis remained at Iowa State making his career as a Systems Analyst for the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development in the College of Economics.
On June 21, 2002, Curtis was united in marriage to Stacey Leigh Brown. The couple made their home in Ames and were blessed with one son, Kellen Balmer-Brown. Curtis lived life to its fullest. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed bicycling and disc golfing. He was very competitive and loved to make bets about everything, turning the most mundane happenings into competitions. He was always watching sports and was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Iowa State Cyclones. Curtis enjoyed spending Saturdays during the ISU football season tailgating and having fun with friends and family, often being the first to arrive and the last to leave. Curtis was kind and was always willing to help anyone with anything. Most of all, Curtis loved being with Stacey, Kellen, and his family. They treasured time together playing games at home, attending live music events, traveling, and living in the moment with each other and their two dogs.
Curtis will be deeply missed by his wife of 20 years, Stacey; son, Kellen; father, Roger (Kathy) Balmer; siblings, Jerry (Mindi) Balmer and Angie (Kevin) Rice; parents-in-law, Texas Gail and Lee Raymond and Bill and Margaret Brown. His is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Kristi (Steven) Buhler, and Laura (Rich) McCallon; brothers-in-law, Eric (Kim) Brown and Aaron Raymond; and nieces and nephews, Bailey Balmer, Tristan Balmer, Cameron Matthews, Nate Brown, Gabe Brown, Andrew Buhler, Chelsea Buhler, Jonathan Buhler, Abigail Buhler, William Terney, Ricky Avila, and Caris Avila; and many other extended family members and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Sandra Balmer and his grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Memorials will be donated to support Peutz-Jegher's Syndrome and pancreatic cancer research and awareness organizations, as well as to support the family.
(Released February 2023)