Richard  Balliette

Richard E. "Dick" Balliette

Thursday, July 12th, 1934 - Monday, August 5th, 2019
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Richard Ernest Balliette, age 85, passed away at The Classic at Hillcrest Green in Altoona on Monday, August 5, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Jean (Nevin), his daughter, Roxanne (Larry) Daily of Milwaukee, WI, his son Rodney (Gina) Balliette of Fortson, GA; grandson: Anthony (Noemi) Daily of West Allis, WI; granddaughters: Sara Daily of Milwaukee, WI, Yazmine (Tyler) Dorr and Rhiannon Balliette both of Fortson, GA; great-grandsons: Cillian Daily and Gryffin Dorr; one sister in law JoAnn Nevin of Chippewa Falls, WI.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer, with a visitation 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Private interment will be at a later date. Military Honors will be performed by the Bloomer VFW/American Legion. Online condolences may be expressed at
He was born on July 12, 1934 in Viroqua, Wisconsin. He was the adopted son of Ralph and Maude (Shepherd) Balliette of Platteville, WI where he resided until he graduated from Platteville High School in 1952. He served in the US Navy from June of 1952 until July of 1955 when he received an honorable discharge for his service during the War in Korea.
Richard and Jean met at Stout State University in Menomonie, WI and were married in August of 1956. Richard continued his education, graduating in business education from Whitewater Wisconsin State University in January of 1961. He taught business subjects in Wauzeka, WI until June of 1963. He received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration in June of 1964 from Winona Minnesota State College. From there he went to Prescott WI High School as a business teacher for three years and in 1967 became a high school Principal for 23 years. He was instrumental in designing and overseeing the building of the “New” (1970) high school building. In 1990, after 26 years of service at Prescott, he retired. Richard, known as Mr. B. to his students, always felt during his tenure in education that the student’s educational needs were first and foremost because they were our leaders of tomorrow.
During his time in Prescott he belonged to many community organizations: Northwestern Masonic Lodge No.105 (Proficiency Man and twice Past Master), American Legion Post 61, Board of Directors of Clifton Highlands Golf Course, Toastmasters Club, Lions Club, Secretary to the United Way and Prescott Cable Committee. He was also an active member of the United Church of Christ where he served on the Board of Trustees, Board of Deacons, Church Moderator, Usher and two ministerial search committees. Professional organizations consisted of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Association of Wisconsin Secondary School Administrators (Charter Member) and CESA Principals Organization. He served on many committees in all organizations that he belonged to. He was also a dual member of the Bloomer Wisconsin Masonic Lodge No. 281 where he served as Counselor of the Lodge for over 20 years.
Richard and Jean moved to their lake cabin in October of 1991 where they have resided for many years. They traveled south in the winter to Punta Gorda, FL and Arizona to visit with family and friends. In Florida, Richard served on the Peace River Civic Association Board of Directors (twice as president) for 6.5 years. They later moved to Mesa Arizona then moved back to Wisconsin.
Richard will be remembered by all who knew him. SO MOTE IT BE!
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm
    Olson Funeral Home
    1516 Larson St.
    BLOOMER, WI 54724
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 6:30pm
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 6:30pm
    Olson Funeral Home
    1516 Larson St.
    BLOOMER, WI 54724
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    David W. Olson


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Posted at 08:54am
Dick was my "boss" when I worked for Prescott School District many years ago. He was a good man. He had a way with the students. Rarely raised his voice . Most often, would just sit them down in his office and have a "talk". And, I remember that he spent a lot of time cruising thru the hallways when the kids were between classes, just chatting with the students...talking about sports. school events, and life in general. So sorry for your loss, Balliette family. He lived a very good life.

Jana Hirsch (Rawn)

Posted at 01:31am
He was my absolute favorite. I spent a lot of time with him during student council and whenever the kids i teach ask who MY favorite teacher was , I always tell them it was my principal. He was the kind of guy that saw the best in everybody and really wanted them to reach their full potential. He is so missed.

Linda Heineman

Posted at 01:53pm
Rest in Peace "REB"

Linda Heineman

Posted at 01:52pm
You have our deepest sympathy.Rest in peace "REB"

Bib and Lisa OBrien

Posted at 07:23pm
We were so sad to hear of our Prescott Principals passing. We both really liked our principal. He was very caring to all of us, and had a very good sense of humor. My father Evan Hopkins loved visiting and joking with him. May each day get easier for you.

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