Ralph F. Balke, 85, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Alton.
He was born on February 7, 1929, in St. Louis, MO, the son of Bernard and Elizabeth (Knese) Balke.
He married Geneva “Jenny” E. Simpher on April 5, 1983 at St. Mathew’s Catholic Church in Alton and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2010.
Ralph was raised in Meppen and retired from Laclede Steel Company as a supervisor. He enjoyed playing golf.
He is survived by a stepdaughter and her husband, Linda (Robert) Coomer of Delta, MO; two grandchildren, Dean (Linda) Davis of Delta, MO, and Jeffrey Davis of Redding, CA; five great-grandchildren, Clayton, Todd, Will, Emily and Catherine Davis; one brother, Bishop Victor Balke of Minnesota; a brother-in-law, Ellis Holleman of Jerseyville; and a sister-in-law, Marge Balke of Colorado Springs, CO.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by a stepson, John Simpher; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Burdette (Rose) Balke and Bernard and Harold Balke; and a sister, Ruth Holleman.
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