GREENBELT, Md. -- Frederick Paul Baluch passed away at age 88 in his former home at Greenbelt, Md., surrounded by family and friends on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, after many years of failing health.

Fred was born Jan. 3, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio, the youngest of three children of Stephen J. and Anna Pritoka Baluch. His ancestors were immigrants from Mokroluh and Dubra in eastern Slovakia.

Fred Baluch graduated in the class of 1942 from Chaney High School in Youngstown, Ohio, and served in the U.S. Army in France and Germany in the 97th Chemical Mortar Battalion during World War II. On June 14, 1947, he married his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy Ann Taylor.

Fred graduated from the Washington (DC) Teachers College and the University of Maryland with degrees in elementary education. He worked for the Washington, D.C., Public Schools from 1950 until 1979 as a teacher and later as the principal of Emery Elementary School on Lincoln Road in NE Washington, D.C. In 1981, he retired to the Rainbow Farm in Freeport, Ohio. While in Freeport, Fred and Dorothy were active with the Newcomerstown Senior Citizens.

Fred is survived by his wife, Dorothy; and his eight children, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter, and they include: Frederick P. Baluch Jr. of Clinton, Md., Stephen J. Baluch of Shepherdstown, W.Va., James T. Baluch of Norfolk, Va. (partner Teri Esposito), Barbara Stevens of Front Royal, Va. (spouse Patrick McCauley), and son Shawn Haines (spouse Rebecca and daughter Molly), Ruth M. Baluch of Freeport, Ohio (spouse Gene Reavis), and daughter Lisa Groh (spouse Michael), Dorothy A. Dobson of Greenbelt, Md., (spouse, Norman, and stepdaughter, Theresa Smith, and sons, Nicholas and Matthew), Robert F. Baluch of Greenbelt, Md., and John K. Balcuh of Freenbelt, Md.

A memorial service will be scheduled later in December in Greenbelt, Md.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to: Capital Caring Hospice Services, 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 180, Largo, MD 20744.

The Ourant Funeral Home in Newcomerstown, Ohio, is assisting the family.