Clay Leo Balsman

September 22, 1928 - June 20, 2017
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Belvidere, IL

Clay Leo Balsman, 88, of Belvidere, Illinois, died Monday, June 19, 2017 at Northwoods Care Centre. Born September 22, 1928 in Chester, Illinois the only son of Rosemary and Noah Balsman. He married Elsie Ruth Decker on November 9, 1950 in Hernando, Mississippi and they moved to Belvidere soon after where Clay took a job as a local taxi driver. Later he drove for Keeshin Transport Systems before buying his own business, ABC Rapid Delivery in August 1964.Clay had a genuine love of nature and a special fondness for antique trucks and trains. He was a long-time member of the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL and the American Truck Historical Society.

Clay is survived by his children; son Russ (Lois) Balsman, daughters Mary Rittweger and Linda (Joe) Roberts and son David (Kelli) Balsman; six grandsons; Aaron (Marielle), Erich (Devin), Joshua, Benjamin, Alex (Becca) and Jonathon, and great-children, Mason and Ella.Clay was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Elsie Balsman.

Visitation will be held 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Thursday, June 29,2017 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL. Private family services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Heartland Hospice.  To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services


218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

Visitation will be held Thrusday, June 29, 2017 at Anderson Funeral and Creamtion Services

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Private services will be held

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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made toHeartland Hospice

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association


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Born: September 22, 1928
Died: June 20, 2017

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Tony and Diane Zabawa posted on 6/28/17

Russ & Dave and Families: So sorry to learn of the passing of your Dad. Remember that your loving memories are God's gift to you of your Dad whom He has chosen to hold in His arms forever. May these memories bring you peace.


Bonnie (Kasper) Gibbs posted on 6/27/17

Many years ago Clay and Elsie were neighbors to my in-laws. They both were the kindest people. Stayed in touch with me for many years after that. They are what families and parents should be. My thoughts and Prayers go to all of the family.


Randy Boettcher posted on 6/27/17

Russ to you and your family I am so sorry to hear of your loss, you and your family are in my prayers but knowing he is with your mom in heaven puts a smile on my face. Again I am so sorry for your loss. Randy Boettcher


Ruth. Fitz posted on 6/24/17

Sincere sympathy to Balsman family.


Terry Walker posted on 6/24/17

I am so saddened to hear of Clay's passing. What a wonderful man. My sympathy and prayers to the family. God Bless.


Linda Henkel posted on 6/23/17

Dear Russ and Family, John and I would like to let you know that you all are in our prayers. Keep your memories of your Dad close.


Pat borchardt posted on 6/23/17

Russ and Lois so sorry for your loss love Pat and Gregg


Jan Gilbert posted on 6/23/17

Prayers for you and your family, Russ--for the comfort and peace of our Lord Jesus. Jan & Dan Gilbert


Janet Nelson posted on 6/22/17

Mary & Russ and family, sorry to hear about your loss, God is with you. Praise be your father is with his Holy Father in heaven now.


Brenda Brown posted on 6/22/17

I will miss my Buddy....RIP My Friend!!!!God Bless to the Family!!!