Richard Lee Balback

April 18, 1940 - April 10, 2023

Richard Lee Balback, age 82, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2023.

Born in Wilmington, DE on April 18, 1940, he was the son of the late Edward John and Sylvia Elizabeth (Milligan) Balback, Sr. Dick served in the Navy after high school and received his associates degree from Goldey-Beacom College in 1963. He started his career with Bell Telephone as a lineman and lastly spent many years at DuPont/CSC as a voice technician. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, the beach, and target shooting.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne R. Balback; son, David James Balback; and brother, Edward John Balback Jr. Dick is survived by his brother, Robert Owen Balback; sons, Richard Balback, Jr. of Wilmington and James David Balback (Georgette) of Newark; granddaughters, Kelsi Nicole Snow (John Wayne Snow Jr.), and Madison Taylor Balback; grandson, Hayden James Balback; and great grandsons, Greyson Wayne Snow and Maverick Anthony Snow.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 pm on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 12 pm.  Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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11 Condolences for Richard Lee Balback

  • So sorry for your loss. Our Prayers go out to the Family.
    Conley and Barb Doss

  • Dick was such an amazing man, kind, considerate, generous, loving, fun,and witty. J will forever miss him and hold him in my heart

  • Our deepest and most sincere condolences to the entire family. Big hugs and prayers to you all.

    The DuPhily Family

  • Old friend, grow up together , by Prices Run, went to George Gray elementary, Warner Jr, high and P DuPont high school,
    used to walk to all schools together, we both lived in Lancaster Court Apartments after we both married. Will miss you , God Bless You Dick.

  • My deceased husband, Bill, and Dick were in Navy Reserves together and became friends. Dick was in our wedding in 1961 and we remained friends for years even when we moved to Cambridge, MD. It seems since Suzanne and Bill passed away we lost contact and I was just thinking recently about how Dick was doing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. He was a super guy and I know you all will miss him.

  • Sorry for your loss. Richard and I worked at the same Garage . Always had a smile on his face .

  • So very sorry for the loss of my high school friend. He will forever be missed. Enjoyed going to all of our reunion events together. Condolences and prayers to the entire family. Bob and Mary Lou

  • So sorry for your loss…

  • We are so sorry for the loss of Dick. We send Our condolences to the family. He was a loving and kind friend, and he will always be in our hearts. Don and Phyllis Porter

  • So sad to see Mr B pass. He was like a second father to me while growing up with his sons Rick and Jim. He never thought twice about taking us to the movies, mini golf or on other adventures. You were always welcome at the Balback residence which is why there was always several kids hanging out playing video games, swimming etc.. Mr B was a kind-hearted man who always had a smile on his face. May he rest in heaven in eternal peace. My condolences to his sons and their families.

  • I met Dick in the mid-90’s. We became fast friends until I moved to Tennessee in 2006. So sad to hear of his passing. Rest in Peace my friend.