Richard Baltisberger

Profile Updated: December 1, 2015
Richard Baltisberger
Residing In: Newark, OH USA
Spouse/Partner: Mary Jean
Occupation: retired
Children: Jay Harvey, born 1967
Richard A, born 1969
Military Service: US Army  
Richard Baltisberger


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Served two years !954-56 with the Fourth Infantry Division Band in Frankfurt Germany.
Graduated 1963 with a PhD in Chemistry, U of Wisc.
Employed 1963-68 Monsanto Chemical Company
1968-1997 Professor of Chemistry, Univ. of N Dakota
Retired May 1997 and spent the next year rebuilding my basement after the Flood in Grand Forks, ND.
Moved to Newark Ohio in November 2001 in order to be near our Sons and their families (5 grandchildren). After moving to Newark, my wife and I have spent the past 12 years doing volunteer work. I started doing taxes with the AARP, gardening, and taking charge of the church building and grounds upkeep. With the advent of Parkinson's disease with my wife,Mary, we have become active in the local Parkinson Support Group. Mary's Parkinson problems have almost put her in a wheel chair. I am getting our bathroom setup for that possibility. We planned well because our son and his wife live only 2 miles away. Rick is a doctor and he is a great help with Mary.

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Oct 26, 2022 at 8:52 AM

Posted on: Oct 25, 2022 at 5:35 AM

Dear Paul,
I thought I had better send a comment since I was online. Happy birthday Paul. I am in the middle writing up my family history on a geneology program. I am used to having a spelling correction program because my slow fingers keep missing letters, so the typos are only fixed by going back over things and I will do only part that at my age. With that writing effort and I am still helping the church with their financal problems. The treasurer called me to have her set up endowments into stock and bond funds. I have done this before for the church in North Dakota. I don't manage or select the stock,bond and other investment funds myself and hire a professional investor. I could do this myself as I have for 30 years for myself, but I don't want to be responsible when something goes badly. I am still clearing out Mary's things from our home and giving clothes to charity. My garden work is still active, but reduced. My health is still good and I keep active by walking one mile each day. I have to use a cane and walker now because my legs are not steady. My brother had the same problem and fell on day in the kitchen, hit his head on a counter top and got a massive hemotomony which led to his death seven days later at age 95. So I hope to reach 95,but time will tell. Dick Baltisberger

Feb 17, 2022 at 4:15 PM

Happy birthday on the 24th. i got birthday card in the mail this AM. I hope everything goes well with you. My wife passed way on Jan. 31, 2022 and we are planning the funeral on Feb 19th. Mary Jean had Parkinson's disease for over 15 years and finally contracted pneumonia around Christmas. She never recovered from that and lasted until the 31st of January.

Feb 17, 2022 at 2:33 AM
Nov 06, 2021 at 6:36 PM

Happy birthday Paul. This message is for the rest of the alumni at MHS. My wife and I have reached 86 and 85. It appears we may make our 90s. Mary has Parkinsons, but she is really in good health otherwie.

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Feb 24, 2021 at 2:02 PM

Posted on: Feb 18, 2021 at 8:41 AM

Happy birthday on the 24th. I see that we have reached 86. I now have lived longer than my father and mother. My brothers got to 94 and 95. We will see if I can get that far. I keep busy in my old age keeping tract of my investments( I just passed $3 Million)and my wife who is in her 15th year with Parkinson's disease. Have a good day.

Feb 17, 2021 at 2:33 AM
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Feb 20, 2020 at 8:57 AM

Posted on: Feb 19, 2020 at 7:09 PM

My wife is now in her 13th year with Parkinson's Disease, but she hangs in there. We put feeding tube in, but I only use it to add medicine. The meals can be still eaten through the mouth. Once in while her clonidine(BP drug) fails and her BP elevates to 160-170 at which point she can not swallow anything. Before we had the feeding tube put in she elevated to 180 and would not swallow anything. I could not even get her take the clonidine with apple sauce. My son who is a doctor was present and told me to grind the pill and put it under tongue. She absorbed the drug and got her BP down. That is the night my son and I decided that she must get a feeding tube installed. I'm sure you had problems with your wife.

My brothers made it to 93 and 94, so I planning on being around for a while. Mary is 83 and her Grandmother lived to 92, so I need to stay around for another ten years.

Feb 17, 2020 at 5:21 AM

Happy birthday Darol. Now we are both 85. It been a great life and my wife is still with me after 55 years.

Feb 17, 2020 at 2:33 AM
Mar 14, 2019 at 5:20 AM

Happy birthday Bob. I hope you are in good health.

Feb 17, 2019 at 9:52 AM

Happy birthday Darol. Now we are both 84 and never thought I would live that long. I can't fish any more because my wife can not be moved to where we fish, but my son makes up for me. He caught a huge muskie last year. We are planning on depositing my ashes on our favorite reef at the lake of the woods, but that seems a long ways off yet. Have a good birthday.


Feb 17, 2019 at 2:33 AM
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Nov 07, 2018 at 10:20 PM

Posted on: Nov 07, 2018 at 3:06 PM

Happy Birthday Paul. After all these years we still kicking. My wife has remained stable with regard to the Parkinson's disease. My only physical problem is I tore the upper tendon in my left arm catching Mary before she fell. luckily the lower tendon in my left arm is still connected, so I can move my arm up and down. The Doctor advised me to use only my right arm for lifting things now. I have hired care givers to come in six times a week from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and I use only a gait belt to pick up Mary with my right arm. it is hell to get old. Hope all goes well for you

Dick Baltisberger

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Jun 08, 2018 at 2:33 PM

I recall the 1953 Conference Track meet.  Larry ran the 100 in 9.9 seconds. I was second in the team in the two mile relay.  Dave Byers ran a 2:07 half mile as the the first leg and passed the baton to me.  After those two performances, I had to do something a little better than normal.  i went around the track once was got into second place behind someone from Ames. I thought for a while that I could equal Daves run, but about half way around the second lap I began to feel almost dead.  It seemed like about four guys passed me before I got to the end.  Some how I kept running and passed the baton off to PG Norris.  I ran a 2:13 half which was my best time of the year.  I pulled up in the MHS tent and laid there was about 20 minutes before I could get up and walk around

Mar 19, 2018 at 7:41 PM
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Feb 26, 2018 at 9:52 AM

Posted on: Feb 17, 2018 at 8:11 AM

Happy birthday Darol. Now we are both 83. I made it today on the 17th of February. My brothers are both over 93 now, so I plan on being around for awhile.

Dick Baltisberger

Feb 17, 2018 at 2:33 AM
Nov 26, 2017 at 5:41 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I get on the site every now and then to keep track of you all. I miss corresponding with Packy who left us this past year. Paul I am sorry to hear about Grace. Mary jean continues in her tenth year battle with Parkinson's. She can still use a walker to get around and our two sons live nearby so they are a great deal of help. Rick is a local doctor and will come immediately whenever I call for assistance. Jay lives in Berea Kentucky and visits once in awhile. Next year he is coming up for another sabbatical leave from the university and he plans to stay with us during the week while working with a professor at OSU. OSU football blew their chance at a run for the National Title with an upset loss to Iowa.

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