Robert L. Balyeat
Robert L. Balyeat

LIMA, Ohio — Robert L. Balyeat, 85, passed away at 4:05 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2014.

Robert was born Dec. 5, 1928, in Van Wert, to Louis and Dortha Neely Balyeat who have preceded him in death.

On Aug. 16, 1952, he married Anne M. Spiegel Balyeat in Birmingham, Michigan. She preceded him in death on Feb. 14, 2005.

He graduated from Miami University in 1950 and from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1952. He served on active duty from July 8, 1952, to Sept. 4, 1954, during the Korean War as a legal officer with the Judge Advocate General’s Department of the United States Air Force.

Mr. Balyeat began the private practice of law at Lima in October 1954, in association with Richard L. Krabach and Wilbur L. Laibe. He practiced with the firm of Robenalt, Daley, Balyeat & Balyeat from 1959 - 1984 and with the firm of Daley, Balyeat, Balyeat & Leahy from 1984 until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2002.

He received the Distinguished Service Award as the outstanding young man in Lima in 1960 and served as prosecuting attorney of Allen County from 1961 - 1969.

He was appointed special counsel by the attorney general of Ohio to oversee a special state grand jury at Kent State University in 1970, served on the Council of Delegates and Executive Committee and was an honorary life member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

He also served as a past lecturer for the Continuing Legal Education program of the Ohio State Bar Association and was a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Foundation. He was a past president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Allen County Bar Association and a life member of the B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge 54.

Survivors include his four children: Michael Balyeat of Italy, Daniel (Sheila) Balyeat of Bend, Oregon, Andrew (Denise) Balyeat of Bend, Oregon, and Elizabeth (Aaron) Balyeat of Fredericksburg, Virginia, 10 grandchildren, and his brother: William B. Balyeat of Lima.

He was preceded in death by his brother: David C. Balyeat, and sister: Marcia Leonhardt.

Calling was Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, from 3 to 6 pm at Chiles - Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel. A private family graveside service will take place in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Allen County.

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