Clarence L. Balser

April 24, 1920January 8, 2019

Clarence L. Balser, 98, passed away January 8, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.

He was born on April 24, 1920 in Lockhart, Texas. He was a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend who will be dearly missed.

The Visitation will be 2 PM, Friday, January 11, 2019 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with the Funeral Service at 3 PM. The burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Alamo Heights Christian Church.


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, January 11, 2019

Clarence L. Balser

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Bob & Vicie Thonhoff

January 25, 2019

Dear Family of Clarence Balser:
With this Guestbook entry, we wish to express our deepest condolences for the passing of Clarence Balser, who was such a good man in every respect and who lived a good, full, exemplary life.
My wife, Victoria (Vicie) Balser Thonhoff, was a first cousin of Clarence, and we had the pleasure and privilege of getting to know him quite well over many years.
During his younger years, Clarence lived on a farm in Coy City, Karnes County, Texas, and for a while attended Pullin School, later to be called Coy City School. Vicie also lived on a farm near Coy City with her parents, Otto and Magarethe Balser.
Over the years Clarence came to visit us a number of times when we lived in Fashing, Karnes City, and finally in San Antonio. We reciprocated by visiting him a number of times in San Antonio. On his last visit to us in our home in San Antonio about two years ago, he brought copies of his Balser Family genealogy to us, which we appreciated greatly.
Now Clarence has finished his very eventful journey of life and is now in the arms of God—awaiting the rest of us.
May our dear LORD bless, comfort, and strengthen all of you as you carry on in his living footprints.
Very sincerely,
Bob & Vicie Thonhoff
San Antonio, Texas

Mary & Roy Rogers

January 14, 2019

As Pastor Palow said at Clarence's funeral, he "was a joy to know." Clarence was a kind, considerate, caring person, a volunteer in organizations and church , witness to his Christian faith. He was always upbeat. He talked about his wife and sons with great tenderness. He loved gardening. When we moved into our new home a little over 50 years ago, he gave us a red bud tree, he had started from a seed, which grew tall and beautiful. God gave him a long life and he used a great part of it for others. Our deepest sympathy to his son Barry and the family.

Pete Rozelle

January 11, 2019

Mr. Balser was a class act through and through. He had a strong moral compass that he instilled in his sons. As friends of Larry, we admittedly did not always adhere to Mr Balser’s advice to “be smart” in everything we did, but we always knew he was right and he was always willing to talk with us about anything and cared about how we were progressing through life from childhood to adult. I’ll never forget helping him move from his house to his Tanglewood apartment. Even in his 80s he had more strenth and energy than most men in their 20s and would not allow me to do the lions share of the work, and in fact I could not stop him from helping in lifting even the heaviest pieces of furniture. He was truly a man’s man and a great father figure for Larry and Barry, and all of us and a great role model for any and all who ever met him. I know that Larry and Barry were very proud to call him father. We are all very fortunate to have known him. Pete