Gene Balster

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Gene Balster, 79, of Springfield, died June 5, 2014, at Auburn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Oct. 30, 1934, the son of Emerson and Lois Osborne Balster. Gene married Helen Sutton on June 3, 1955, in Petersburg, Ill.; she preceded him in death on April 13, 2002.

Gene is survived by his four sons: Bob (wife, Kelley) and children, Brad and Blake of Chatham; Thomas (wife, Dayla) and children, Brooke and Amanda of Chatham; David (wife, Susan) and children, David Jr., Dalton and Amy of Jerome; and Greg.

He was a huge St. Louis Cardinal fan and passed on his love of baseball to his sons. Gene spent many years coaching their youth baseball teams. Gene also enjoyed working crossword puzzles. He worked in the printing business for many years, retiring from Phillips Brothers Printing.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Hurley Funeral Home in Petersburg. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: .

Hurley Funeral Home of Petersburg is assisting the Balster family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Funeral Home

Hurley Funeral Home - Petersburg
122 West Douglas Street Petersburg, IL 62675
(217) 632-2500

Published in The State Journal-Register from June 8 to June 9, 2014