Edward Kallal

Edward Kallal

GIBSON CITY – Edward Eugene Kallal, 72, of Gibson City, formerly of Jerseyville, Ill., passed away at 8 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 11, 2017) at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Crawford Funeral Home, 1308 State Highway 109, Jerseyville, with the Rev. Clyde Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Jerseyville.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Gibson City Bible Church, 309 N. Route 47, Gibson City. There will also be visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home in Jerseyville.

Baier Family Funeral Services, Paxton, is assisting the family with local arrangements.

Edward was born on Jan. 24, 1945, in Alton, the son of Virgil John and Edith Kuehnel Kalall. He married Jean Kania in December 1966 at St. John's Church in Carrolton.

He is survived by his mother, Edith Scott of Gibson City; daughter, Janice (Dan) Allen of Gibson City; son, Bruce (Stephanie) Kallal of Gibson City; longtime companion, Barbara Smith of Springfield; six grandchildren, Gregory (Tori) Allen of Villa Grove, Emily Allen of Gibson City, Joseph Allen of Gibson City, Nathan Kallal of Gibson City, Carter Kallal of Gibson City and Matthew Allen of Gibson City; four great-grandchildren; and his first wife, Jean Kania-Haines.

He was preceded in death by his father; stepfather, William Henry Scott; one infant sister; and one infant brother.

Ed spent his childhood in Jerseyville, where he raised and showed Jersey cows with his stepfather. He graduated from Jerseyville High School in 1963.

Ed served honorably in the U.S. Air Force from September 1965 to September 1969, a year of which was in Vietnam.

He later graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy. In 1970, he and his family moved to Gibson City. Ed was an Illinois State Police trooper in District 21, Ashkum, for 12 years, and a crime scene technician for the Division of Criminal Investigations in Bloomington for 12 years.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Pheasants Forever and Elliott AMVETS. Ed was of the Baptist faith.

He enjoyed fishing, especially tournament bass fishing. As soon as he could drive, he raced drag cars.

Memorials may be made to GCMS Youth Football Program, Pheasants Forever or an organization of the donor's choice.

Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.

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