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Balot, Gene

Gene was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 1, 1935, and formerly lived in Overland Park. He passed away, surrounded by his devoted family, at his home in Piedmont, Calif., on Feb. 12, 2013.

Graveside services were held, Thursday, Feb. 14, at Gan Shalom Cemetery in Briones, Calif.

Gene is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sandra; his three children, Robert (Barbara), Julie (Stephen) and Debra (Lisa), all who helped care for him so lovingly this past year; and his two adoring granddaughters, Rachel and Eden. He is also survived by his brother, Sam (Janice), of Leawood; his brother-in-law, Don Redmond, and sister-in-law, Sherron Allen, both of Olathe; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family suggests contributions in Gene’s memory be made to the causes that were near and dear to him: Turner  Syndrome Society of the U.S. (www.turnersyndrome.org), 11250 West Road, Suite G, Houston, Texas 77065; Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org), ATTN: Web Gift, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540; or to the charity of your choice.