Eugene "Gene" Balcom

Born: Mon., Sep. 3, 1934
Died: Thu., May 11, 2017

Funeral Service


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., May 13, 2017
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

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Eugene "Gene" M. Balcom, age 82, passed away on May 11, 2017, at UPMC Hamot.  He was born on September 3, 1934, in Westfield, NY, son of the late Clarence W. Balcom and Alice (Howard) Balcom. Gene graduated from Mayville Central High School and Jamestown Community College.  He had a lifelong love of music.  Gene served three years in the United States Army playing with the 80th Army Band at St. Stewart, GA.  He also played baritone and euphonium with the East Erie Turners Band, Gem City Concert Band, and Millcreek Area Community Band. He retired from IBM in June 1992, after which he loved taking photographs and building birdhouses, which he gave to many people. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary Elizabeth Nash, and brothers Donald E. Balcom and Clarence (Terry) W. Balcom, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara (Johnson) Balcom, son Stephen (Aimee) Balcom, daughter Susan (Bryan) Ferko, and grandsons Matthew, Christian, and Caleb.  He is further survived by his brother George H. Balcom (Janet), brother-in-law Bruce T. Johnson, sister-in-law Peggy Balcom, along with many relatives, friends, and close neighbors.
 Friends are invited to call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East on Saturday from 2:00 pm till 4:00 pm.  Private burial will be at Mayville Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 43 South Lake Street, North East, PA 16428

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Teri Ferko
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
Dear Sue, and Mrs Balcom,
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Balcom. I remember his as a kind and loving gentleman. I hope the memories that make you cry now will soon make you smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Teri and Craig Ferko.

Claudia and Bernie DiNardo
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
Dear Barbara and family,

We were so saddened to hear of Gene's passing. We will always remember him when we put the bird house up each Spring and see the lovely picture he gave us of Freeport Beach. Bernie always enjoyed seeing him in his MG. May your memories sustain you through this difficult time.

Our deepest condolences,

Bernie and Claudia DiNardo

Chris Rickrode Waldinger
   Posted Sat May 13, 2017
Sue and Family - wishing you comfort in this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts.

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