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Calvin Balzell

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PEORIA - Calvin Lee Balzell, 80, of Peoria passed away from complications of diabetes at 7:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Washington Christian Village Nursing Home.

He was born Aug. 10, 1933, in Monroe County, Wis., to Harley and Winifred (Stout) Balzell. The seventh of eight children, he was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Laverne, Hugh, Ray, Kenneth and Keith Balzell; and sisters, Beatrice Johnson and Florence Hall. Calvin married Wanda Mae Feeser on Dec. 9, 1951, in Tomah, Wis. She preceded him in death on March 11, 2011.

Surviving are their four children, Vicki (Leonard) Matheny of Dunlap, Steven Balzell of Peoria, Gregory (Michelle) Balzell of Metamora and Ann Respress of Riverview, Fla. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Tara (Ron) Cook, Jeremy (Erica) Balzell, Ryan Balzell, Wendy (Navid) Matheny, Chantel (Jesse) Kuczmarksi, Justin Matheny and Gabrielle Balzell; and eight great-grandchildren.

A 1951 graduate of Woodruff High School and a veteran of the Korean Conflict, he briefly worked at Caterpillar Tractor upon his discharge from the United States Army, before establishing his 32-year career as a carrier for the United States Postal Service.

With a passion for traveling, Calvin accomplished his goal of visiting all 48 contiguous states with his family, and later traveled to Alaska, Hawaii and Europe with Wanda. An avid Cardinals fan, he also enjoyed family baseball outings to St. Louis, as well as biking, boating, fishing, walking, games, picnics and road trips to Six Flags, Disney World and more. He knew how to have fun!

Calvin's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Washington Christian Village for their excellent care, compassion and congeniality.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at The Wilton Mortuary. Funeral services will take place at the mortuary at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, with Pastor Dana McNeil officiating. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the or .

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Oct. 15, 2013
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