Stephen A. Balogh, 87, of Meridian, Idaho, and formerly of Fairfield, died Aug. 28, 2009.

He was born Sept. 1, 1921, in Fairfield to the late Kalman and Helen Bakos Balogh. He realized his dream to be a pilot in the U.S. Navy and served as a pilot in World War II and in the reserves for many years. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1951 and made a successful career as a salesman for New York Life Insurance Co. He married Catherine Figg in 1954 and Dorothy Sergus in 1991.

Balogh grew up in a Hungarian-speaking community in Fairfield, lived for many years in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, and moved to Idaho in 2001 to be near his daughter and her family. He was an avid reader and fisherman, and a lifelong fan and supporter of Dartmouth College. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church; the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow and served as president; and a member of St. Clair River Golf and Country Club.

He finished the crossword puzzle every day and still bowled with the seniors' group on Monday afternoons. (He had been hoping for a new bowling ball for his birthday.)

Balogh was a connoisseur of fine dining and especially loved seafood and Hungarian dishes. He visited each of the 50 states, achieving that goal in 2008 on a cruise to Alaska with his son-in-law, Mark. He was the quintessential jokester. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Tom Jenks of Wheaton, Ill., and their daughters, Allyson and Stephanie; his daughter and son-in-law, Susette and Mark Freeman of Meridian, Idaho, and their children, Zack, Catie and Matthew; and by his nephew, Bill Figg of Dexter, Mich.

A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 28, at Lawncroft Cemetery in Fairfield, with military honors.

Services are under the direction of the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield. To send an online condolence, visit