Balster Surname Obituaries

Ben Balster

unknown newspaper, 1953

Ben Balster, 78, Former Resident Here Died Jacksonville Tues., Dec. 30 - Ben A. Balster, 78, a farmer in the Damascus Community for many years, and later until several years ago an Athens resident, passed away at Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday where he had resided since leaving Athens. Mr. Balster was born May 20, 1874, near Tice, a son of Henry and Sadie Balster. In 1900 he was married to Miss Nellie Snell and the couple engaged in farming: Mrs. Balster died six years ago. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Eural Baum, and a brother, Tom Balster, both of Petersburg, and four grandchildren. A son, Emerson, died in 1941. The body is at the Satorius Funeral Home in Petersburg, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, with Rev. Robert Niehaus officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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Emmerson Balster

unknown newspaper, 1941

Emmerson Balster Dies After Month's Illness - Emmerson L. Balster, thirty-one years old and a resident of Tice community during most of his life, died Monday evening at 7 o'clock at St. John's Hospital, after an illness of more than a month. Mr. Balster was first taken ill about five weeks before his death, suffering from a kidney ailment. He entered the hospital later for an operation. Early last week, he became seriously ill and was rushed to the hospital, where pneumonia and other complications developed, causing his death. Mr. Balster was born on a farm near Petersburg on January 9, 1910, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Balster. He spent all of his life in the Tice community, attending Damascus school, and later engaging in farming with his father. He was married on October 13, 1933 to Miss Lois Osborne, and they have one son, Eugene, six years old. Surviving are his wife, and a son, his parents, and one sister, Mrs. Eural Baum and a number of other relatives and friends. Mr. Balster was a young man who made many friends. Always kindly, courteous, sincere, he had the liking and respect of everyone who knew him, and he will be greatly missed, not only in his own family, but by the people of the community in which he lived. The remains were removed to the Thompson & Harms Funeral Home here and later to the Harris Osborne home. Funeral services were held at the Christian church at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Mack A. Warren, and burial was in Rose Hill. Pallbearers were George Lee, Bruce Jackson, Harmon Janssen, Meinert Simmering, Fred Patton and Ancil Rhodes.

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Harmon Balster

unknown newspaper, 1941

Former Resident Dead - Word has reached here belatedly of the death, on January 12, of Harmon Balster of Louisville, Ky, formerly of Menard county. Mr. Balster is survived by his wife, Maude, one daughter, Mrs. Helen Kramer and one son Wm. Balster of Kansas City, Kansas; two brothers, Ben and Thomas Balster of Tice community; four grandchildren and other relatives. He was born in Menard county, but had not lived here for many years. Funeral services were held at Nevada, Mo. and burial was there.

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Henry Balster

Petersburg Observer, September 29, 1932

Petersburg's Last G.A.R. Member Is Dead - Henry Balster Dies At Home Here; Funeral Held Saturday. Henry Balster, Petersburg's last surviving Grand Army member, died at his home here Thursday morning September 29 at the age of ninety-one years, eight months, and ten days. Mr. Balster had been in failing health for the past three years, but it was only a few days before his death that his condition became such as to cause immediate concern. Of the six remaining G.A.R. members in the county, Mr Balster was the only one whose home was in the city. Henry Balster was born January 19, 1841, at Marks, Hanover, Germany and there spent the first nineteen years of his life, coming to America in 1860. He came directly to America in 1860, to Menard County only a year when the Civil War broke out, and he enlisted in Co. K, 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served three years, having been mustered out of the service on August 3, 1865 at Vicksburg, Mississippi. After being discharged from the army, Mr. Balster returned to Petersburg, and was married here on March 13, 1866 to Miss Seede F. Luken and to this union were born eight children of whom two died in infancy, and one daughter Mrs. Marie Kasten died November 20, 1928. Mrs. Balster preceded him in death twenty years ago. Surviving are the following children: John, Ben, and Tom Balster of Tice; Harmon Balster of Louisville, Kentucky, and Henry Balster Jr. of Petersburg. He is survived also by several grandchildren and a great many other relatives and friends. Mr. Balster was baptized in the Evangelical faith before he came to America, and was a charter member of St. Paul's Evangelical Church. He was proud of the fact that he furnished the brick used in the construction of the present church edifice. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 1 from St. Paul's Evangelical Church in this city, conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. Schnathorst, and burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Kirb-Watkins Post Number 198 American Legion had charge of the burial service and the body was laid to rest with military honors.

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Nellie Balster

unknown newspaper, 1947

Mrs. Nellie M. Balster, 73, Died Tuesday, Ill Long Time - Mrs. Nellie M. Balster, 73, wife of Ben Balster, and a resident of Athens a little over five years, passed away at Jacksonville, Illinois, on Tuesday. Mrs. Balster had been bedfast the last few years since she broke her hip in a fall. She was originally from Kansas and came to Tice when a child with her parents. In 1900 she was married to Ben Balster and for many years they farmed in the Tice Community, moving to Athens on their retirement, where they resided since. Those to survive are: the husband, Ben, one daughter, Mrs. Eural Baum, of Tice; a sister, Mrs. Mollie Hartley, Petersburg, and four grandchildren. A son, Emmerson, preceded her in death passing away in 1941. Services were held from the Satorius Funeral Home in Petersburg Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Keith Loveless, officiating. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

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Seede Luken Balster

unknown newspaper, 1912

Died, at her home in this city on Tuesday evening June 18, 1912, Mrs. Henry Balster aged 68 years, 5 months, and 7 days - Mrs. Henry Balster nee Luken, was born Jan. 11, 1844, in Amt Aurich Ostfriesland, Germany. In 1865 she came to this country, and has since resided here. She was married to Henry Balster Mar. 13, 1866. To this union eight children were born of which 2 died in infancy. Mrs. Balster was an invalid for over two years. She passed away Tues. evening at 11:30 leaving her husband Henry Balster, five sons, John, Herman of Deerfield, Mo., Behrens of Petersburg; Henry of Pawnee, Ill., Thomas of Tice; one daughter Mary Kasten of Petersburg, eight grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Balk of Vernon Co. Mo. And Mrs. H. Tiemann of this city. Funeral services are being held this afternoon at the St. Luke's Church conducted by Rev. Theo. F. Kruger Internment at Rose Hill. The decedent is survived by five sons, John, Benjamin, Henry and Thomas, all of the community and Harmon, Louisville, Ky. Ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive.

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