Virgil F. Balster, 89, of Rosewood Heights, passed away at 10:01 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, at Jerseyville Manor.
Born in Wood River on Dec. 22, 1925, he was the son of George and Jessie (Harmoning) Balster.
A World War II Navy veteran, he had been a machinist for AMOCO for 35 years before retiring in 1981.
In July of 1978 in Rosewood Heights, he married the former Roberta L. “Peggy” Patterson. She died Feb. 7, 2007.
Surviving are a son, Kevin Balster of East Alton; four stepsons, Randy Vogt of Salem, Louis Vogt and Robert Vogt, both of Florida, and Tom Vogt of White Hall; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Balster of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a brother, Carroll Balster.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at Marks Mortuary in Wood River, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation.