DANVILLE — John “Jack” A. Balsley left this earth on Monday (July 10, 2017) at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville, with family by his side to be with our Heavenly Father. He passed away peacefully in his sleep from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Jack was born Nov. 12, 1931, the only child of Richard and Madell Balsley, who both preceded him in death. He married Beulah Thompson, the love of his life whom he met on a blind date, on Sept. 18, 1955; she survives.
Jack served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict on the USS Estes in the Sea of Japan. He is survived by his wife, Beulah Balsley; his three daughters, Sharon (John) Kramer, Carol (Paul) Coons and Judy
Mackovic; and his cousin, Phil (Bev) Griesheimer, whom he was very close with.
When he was younger, he loved fishing, hunting, playing cards and traveling, especially on cruise ships with close friends. He still enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially going out to eat every Friday night. He loved watching and rooting for the Fighting Illini, Cardinals and the Bears on TV.
He was a member of the Masonic Temple and the Gao Grotto for several decades. He worked at Danville Sheet Metal, the family business with his father, and also at Hyster as a welder until his retirement.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, July 14, 2017, at Pape Family Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams St. in
Danville. Services will be at noon at Pape’s with Pastor Bob Arnold officiating.
Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.papefuneral. com or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page.
The family has requested that, in lieu of other expressions of sympathy, contributions be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association or Central Christian Church.