First Posted: 5/4/2008
Robert M. Balonis, 63, State College, died, Friday, April 25, 2008.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, on June 17, 1944, a son of the late Michael and Anna (Drakas) Balonis, he was the beloved husband and soul-mate of Christine Kislo, whom he married May 24, 1969.
He graduated from Wilkes College in 1967 with a degree in physics and began employment as an engineer, specializing in submarine detection systems at the Naval Air Development Center, in Warminster, Pa. After retirement from the NADC, he worked as a part-time consultant for the NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation and later as a project manager for the applied research laboratory at Penn State University.
He was active in amateur radio since receiving his license in 1957 and compiled a technical compendium on the Swan Tube Transceiver, now in its seventh revision. Proceeds from the sale of his compendium were directed to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in State College. He served as a volunteer examiner and was accredited by the American Radio Relay League.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother, Robert F. Balonis and wife, Elizabeth, of Trucksville; nephew, Michael Balonis and wife, Lisa, of West Pittston; niece, Ann Zoranski and husband, Jeff, of Swoyersville; and niece, Susan Frisch and husband, John, of Germansville.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Joan; and a brother, Leonard.
Funeral services were April 30, at Our Lady of Victory Church, State College. Arrangements by the Koch Funeral Home, State College.
Donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 526 Westerly Parkway Plaza, State College, PA 16801.