Herbert A. Balbach, 89, Ferdinand

Herbert BalbachHerbert A. Balbach, 89, of Ferdinand, died Saturday (July 26) at Brookside Village Senior Living Community in Jasper. He was born in Mariah Hill October 16, 1924, to Anton and Bertha (Jochim) Balbach. He married Theresa A. Kerstiens on May 22, 1951, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. She died December 17, 2007.

Surviving are three sons, Robert Balbach and wife Patty and Ken Balbach and wife Julia, both of Evansville, and Larry Balbach, Ferdinand; three daughters, Rita Messmer and husband Edward, Jasper, Judy Louthan and husband Mark, Newburgh, and Patty Copeland and husband Bob, Louisville; one brother, Leo Balbach, Mariah Hill; and 11 grandchildren.

Herbert was a World War II veteran, serving as a medic. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124 and St. Ferdinand Parish. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Church in Ferdinand with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post No. 124 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 7-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

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