Douglas Balser, 90, of Mexico died peacefully in his home with those he loved on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

   Douglas Pierce Balser was born on December 27, 1927 in Webster Groves, Missouri. He and his wife, Betty, married in 1946 and moved to Mexico, Missouri in 1948 where they lived for 62 years and raised their four children.  Doug operated a family farm where he grew crops and raised livestock for 70 years.  He raised registered Gelbvieh cattle, served on the school board of Carter School, helped with the local 4-H Club, was a 50-year member of the Masonic Temple, and was a founding member of Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church, where he was active for 61 years.  His passion was flying his red and white Cessna 150, and he was a founding member and officer of the EAA chapter in Mexico.

   Doug was preceded in death by Betty, his parents, Otto and Emily, his siblings, Marion, Jeanne, Jacque’, Robert, Pat, and their spouses, his sisters-in-law, Dorothy, Anne, and their spouses, four nephews and one niece.  He is survived by Shirley, his four children and their spouses, Sharon and Jim Jones, Tom and Mary Balser, Joan Balser and Linda Stefacek, and Bobette and Warren Wilson, his 10 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be held at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1100 S. Grove,  in Mexico, Missouri on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

   The family requests memorials to be given to Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church or to the Simmons' Stable Preservation Fund.  They may be sent in care of Pickering Funeral Home, 403 N Western, Mexico MO 65265.

Public Tributes and Expressions of Sympathy

Very sorry for your loss, sending prayers to comfort you as you grieve. - Donna Ehrhardt Baer

Doug was a kind and gentle man and always had a smile for anyone. He was a pleasure to be around and we loved to hear his early farming stories when times were tougher but simpler. He will be truly missed. - Dan & Robin Barker

To the family of Doug Balser:Sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Tom and Mary,Shelia,Jennifer and your families you have our deepest sympathy.Hugs and prayers to you at this time.In Christian love. - Lloyd and Marilyn Stroppel,Travis Stroppel, Melinda Reilly, Mackenzie and Shelby Reilly.

Bobette, So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family during this very difficult time. Gene and Carolyn Potter - Gene Potter

I got to know Douglas while serving as Treasurer for Simmons Stable Preservation. He was very supportive of our desire to preserve this historic treasure. He and Shirley always attended all of our functions whenever possible. He was dedicated to seeing it completed. I am going to miss his smiling face. - Joan Volkmer

Bobette and family sorry to here about your dad he was a good man. - Dennis Lierheimer

Bobette and families, Sorry for your loss of your father. Prayers for you and family to go thru this difficult time. - Gayle Mattox

Sorry Bobette and family. - Harold and Mary Lou Enslen

Sherrie and family: We are so sorry for your loss and no how much you will miss him. You will be in our prayers. - Jerry and Martha Kobush

Bobette and Warren, We extend our sympathy for your loss. He was such a nice man and will be missed in this community. Sincerely, Willard and Reyburn Baldwin

My sorrow for your loss. He was always a friend to our family. - Lt Col William Clay Smith

Bobette. So sorry for your loss. 90 years. How wonderful. Prayers and hugs. Sheria's Mom - Alice Weeks

Bobette, Sam and I remember your dad so fondly. He was a great guy--always ready to help out. We're sorry for your loss. Suzanne Mounger

Sherrie , Jim Jones and family. So sorry to hear that your family member has gone from this earth. I am sure that the memories will live on and one day all will be reunited in our heaven. Love to all Lorri McCoy and family.

Uncle Doug was not only my favorite uncle, he was my favorite person; though he will be missed, he will always live in my heart. - Jim McCown

Bobette and Warren and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Doug was a very sweet man and will be missed by all. My thoughts snd prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. - Debbie Allison

To the family of Doug and Betty Balser, With the Christmas holidays soon upon us, your dad had popped into my mind. Every year since my Tom's passing, Doug would send a Christmas card wishing my family blessings, but especially talking about his affection for Tom. I am so sorry your dear father has passed away. Maybe your dad and Tom are joking around and laughing together. I recall with fondness our trip east to enjoy the fall colors. We decided the fall colors were more beautiful in Missouri. Your dad was a dear, sweet man and Tom considered Doug his best friend. We were blessed with his friendship. - Karen Collins - Mrs. Thomas Collins

Joan an family my deepest sympathies are with you all, My heart is broken. I’m so sorry. Plz let me know if you need anything hugs to you, love you. - Deanna Darr

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