Text Box: FYI:  09-13-07 4:00 pm FINAL edition









BALLOU, Brian James

Oslo, Norway


Brian was born on April 24, 1962 in Grand Forks, North Dakota to David and Phyllis (Beck) Ballou.Brian graduated from Ferris High School, Spokane, WA in 1980 and then went on to attend the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID.He graduated from the U of I in 1986 with a degree in Mining Engineering.He studied abroad for one year as an exchange student in Melbourne, Australia.During a break from school, while he traveled the country, he met his wife, Hilde, who was on holiday in Australia from the cold Norwegian weather.They were married in Oslo, Norway on June 27, 1987.Brianís mining career began in Idaho; then continued on to Nevada, Oregon and Montana before taking him and his family to Norway 10 years ago.He had recently accepted a new job with Nordic Mining ASA, a company based in Oslo.He died on September 10th while doing exploratory work for the company at a sight in north Norway.


Brian is greatly missed by family, friends and anyone who was lucky enough to have met him.He had a gift of story telling and a wide variety of life experiences in his short life to draw those stories from.  His repertoire of jokes was unmatched, as well as his enjoyment of conveying them.  Brian, along with his smile and quick wit, will be greatly missed.


Brian is survived by:His wife, Hilde; his son, Thomas (17); his daughters, Nichole (15) and Michelle (10); his brother Timothy (Billings, MT); sisters, Susan (Clarkston, WA), Sandra (Woodbridge, VA), Sharon (Payette, ID), and Shirley (Spokane, WA); along with many Aunts, Uncles, Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews in the United States and Norway.


Brian is preceded in death by:His Father (June 2005), his Mother (February 2005), his brothers, Thomas (March 2001), Robert (April 1993) and David, Jr. (1951)


His Funeral Service is Wednesday, September 19th in Oslo, Norway. A memorial service will be planned for the United States at a later date.


You can contact the family and are invited to send memories and pictures of Brian by emailing Shirley at:panzepenor@msn.com