Carl Elzie “Sonny” “Cowboy” Balsar, age 78, of Quincy, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 9:16 am in St. Vincent’s Home.
Carl was born January 12, 1939 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of John Carl and Frances O’Dear Balsar. He married Wanda Brocksmith on June 2, 1956 in Palmyra, MO. She preceded him in death on September 24, 2013.
Carl began his career at International Shoe Company. Over the years he operated various machines and presses at several companies, including Litterals, Harris Corp., and H&B Quality Tooling. He, along with his wife Wanda, was a long time and vital member of Grace United Methodist Church. He had been head usher and member of the Methodist Men’s Group. Carl had served in the United States National Guard. He had also been involved in Boy Scouts of America as a leader. Carl was an avid wood worker who loved horses and his dog, Bobby. Carl loved helping people, and he would help anyone in need.
Survivors include: a daughter, Carolyn Waterkotte of Quincy; a son, Denis (Lisa Hercules) Balsar of Shelbina, MO; two grandchildren: Melissa (Brian) Vahlkamp and Amanda (Michael Baker) Waterkotte, both of Quincy; four great-grandchildren: Lauren, Alec, and Mia Vahlkamp; and Isabella Benner; four sisters: Zola Von “Toady” (Everett) Jackson of Quincy; Karen Denton of Milan, IL; Shirley Schmidt of TN; and Carol Andrews of Peoria, IL.
In addition to his wife, Carl was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Abitz; his brother, Wesley Wyckoff; and a son-in-law, Thomas Waterkotte.
Services: 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Greenmount Cemetery, with Rev. Carol Stufflebeam officiating.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Visitation: 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
Memorials: Donor’s choice
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.