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Frederick Earl Balagna

Farmington- Frederick Earl Balagna, 91 of Farmington, IL, passed away at 12:12 PM on Saturday November 21, 2020 at Courtyard Estates of Farmington.

He was born on May 7, 1929, at the family home in Farmington to Charles Sr. and Alice (Ashton) Balagna. He married Mary Louise Savill on September 20, 1953 in Canton, IL; she preceded him in death in 1980. He married Harriet (Wilkinson) Clauson on February 13, 2001 in Farmington; she survives.

Also surviving are his four children with Mary Lou, Kathy (Mike) Connor of Amarillo, Texas, Crystal (Darrel) Gomes of Farmington, Kenny (Sherill) Balagna of Farmington, and Keith (Cindy) Balagna of Farmington; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one sister, Jean Riccioni of Farmington; one brother, Chuck (Joyce) Balagna of Farmington; and one sister-in-law, Shirley Hogan of Springfield, OH. He was preceded in death by one brother, Delbert Balagna, and three sisters, Threasa Sprague, Bea Jacobus, and Charlotte Davison.

Fred graduated from Farmington High School in 1947 where he was a member of the 1946 undefeated football team which was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He served as a mechanic in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was involved in many community projects and served on the Farmington School Board. Fred was a member of Calvary Temple Assembly of God in Peoria, IL, the Farmington Moose Lodge, and the American Legion Post 140.

Fred was the owner/operator of Balagna House Moving in Farmington. He built the business and fabricated many of the tools and devices still in use today. He handed over the reins to the business to his son Kenny in 1985, but photo documentation proves he was still riding atop houses well after that date. When Fred finally did retire, he enjoyed working the acreage on Harriet’s farm and helping her prepare the old school house for her annual open house and skunk contest.

Private graveside services with Military Honors conducted by the United States Army & Farmington American Legion will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Pastor Andy Sonneborn will officiate. Memorials can be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad 1100. To make online condolences please visit


  • Jean Monroe

    Reply November 23, 2020 9:32 am

    Sincere sympathy to all the family during this difficult time.

  • Bob and Grace Bohler

    Reply November 23, 2020 1:19 pm

    To the Family of Fred:
    We thought of him often and always missed our conversations , late night visits., and his many kind acts of kindness. Everyone whose lives Fred touched was lucky to have him in their world. Bob is there in Heaven waiting for Fred for their many late night conversations. His kindness truly touched our Family. Sorry for everyones loss. Praying for the whole Family.
    Bob and Grace Bohler
    The Pines

  • Dawn Slater

    Reply November 23, 2020 1:23 pm

    Sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was loved and admired by so many. He was a great friend to my parents and they enjoyed his friendship and conversations. They just don’t make em like Fred anymore.
    Dawn Slater
    The Pines

  • Judith K Jarvis

    Reply November 23, 2020 7:55 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. Judy and Randy Jarvis

  • Joe clark

    Reply November 23, 2020 8:41 pm

    Without a doubt , a great man who gave all he had to all of those who knew him. The quote I will never forget came to me from Fred . “With patience and perserverience you can do anything” god speed to all . Joe Clark

  • T.J. Seiler

    Reply November 23, 2020 10:18 pm

    Kenny and Sherill…………I’m very sorry to hear of your loss………… thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • James Knight Jr.

    Reply November 24, 2020 9:09 am

    Fred and Harriet started coming to Calvary Temple Church after a doctor visit that Fred had with a physician that was a member of our church. Fred and my Dad (James Knight Sr.) got along great and always made a point to talk to one another. One time someone at church asked Fred how his health was doing and he replied, “just fine.” He whispered over to my Dad and said, “they don’t need to know everything.” My dad got quite the laugh out of that because he also could relate to the health problems.
    At one of our Valentine parties at the church Fred and Harriet danced to a beautiful song that was playing and encouraged others to do so. I will never forget that moment.
    Fred was a good man and will be missed by his church family. May the Lord of all comfort bless your family at this time. We Love you Fred. Pastor Jim

  • Bobbie Rice

    Reply November 24, 2020 9:32 am

    Dear Kenny and Sherill, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We enjoyed meeting him over the years as the company moved artifacts for Wheels O’ Time Museum. We know he enjoyed seeing the museum too. Your dad was from the area that my husband’s father and grandfather lived in so we had several conversations with Fred regarding Bills grandfather too. He will be missed by many.

  • Marta Savill Kramer

    Reply November 24, 2020 9:46 am

    I’m very sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was the first one there when my father (Vern Jr.) passed away. My sympathies to the entire family.


    Reply November 24, 2020 3:59 pm

    So sorry to learn of Fred’s passing. Seems like yesterday we were passing each other in the hall at Courtyard, sharing a table at Scapecchi’s, admiring the flowers he and Harriet were watering downtown, and being left in the dust when they were on their way to a wedding down south and I was on my way to Indiana. Loved getting to see the house moving video at Courtyard. Did not realize that this family is so large…so many good memories.

  • Pat and Tim Daugherty

    Reply November 25, 2020 9:58 am

    That is a wonderful obituary and tribute. He did a lot for the community. Our deepest condolences.

  • Renetta Ballard

    Reply November 25, 2020 10:42 am

    Harriet, I’m very sorry for your loss. I’m wishing you peace in this difficult time.

  • Denise (Ingold) Reynolds

    Reply November 25, 2020 3:33 pm

    Kenny and the Balagna family,
    It was a pleasure to know him! Praying for all of you at this tough time, for consolation and peace. What a great legacy he has left.
    Denise (Ingold) Reynolds

  • Nick Cowley, Peoria, IL

    Reply November 25, 2020 11:14 pm

    Dear Kathy, Crystal, Kenny, and Keith,

    Sorry to read of the passing of your dad. He had a very full and fulfilled life. I always enjoyed talking with him while I taught at the high school. Your dad had a respected work ethic, a quiet dignity, a big smile, and a steady perseverance. He leaves behind an admirable legacy in you four, his business, his work in the community and on the farm.
    These are tough times, and even tougher to lose a loved one and not be able to have public services to see and hear the extensive number of people he touched and who are sharing your grief.
    Respectfully and fondly,
    Mr. Cowley

  • Veldon & Marsha Turner

    Reply December 2, 2020 12:53 am

    Sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He will be missed by his family & friends. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

  • Joyce Harland

    Reply December 3, 2020 10:29 pm

    Crystal, I was so sorry to see that your dad had passed. I remember you talking about him. Dads are so special to their daughters. You and your family will be be in my prayers. Hugs. Joyce

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