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Dan Ballenger

Born: 10/27/1931, Leonard, Oklahoma
Death: 2/3/2009, Schuyler, Nebraska
Service: 02/21/2009, 12:00 am, Hawthorne, Nevada LDS Chapel
Interment: 02/21/2009, , Hawthorne Cemetery

Dan Ballenger, born in Leonard, Oklahoma, October 27, 1931, passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2009, in his home in Schuyler, Nebraska, after succumbing to a sudden and fast-moving cancer that overtook his body in just two months time. He was the oldest of two sons, of Reuben and Opal (Hurst) Ballenger. Dan’s brother, Jack, still resides in Benicia, California. Dan lived in Northern California for more than 40 years, including Benicia and Vacaville. He attended Benicia High, lettered in three sports, and is a member of the Benicia High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He served in the Army for three years, including a tour in Korea. He was a member of the 82nd and 187th Airborne Divisions. He owned and operated Central TV in downtown Vacaville from 1970-1987, and coached youth baseball in Vacaville, and Hawthorne, Nevada, for 31 years. He married Lorraine Lambert in 1954. She preceded him in death in 1991. The couple had five children: Patrick E. Ballenger of Cedar City, Utah; Kathleen Davis of Schuyler, Nebraska; Timothy W. Ballenger, deceased; Robin Neade of Cedar City, Utah; and Daniel R. Ballenger of Kearney, Nebraska. He was “the best Grampa in the world” to 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He and Lorraine retired to Northern Nevada, and then he to Southern Utah where he hiked the Zion wilderness for six years. He spent the last two years of his life fishing the ponds and hunting the prairies of Nebraska. The viewing will be at 10 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, February 21, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hawthorne, Nevada. Funeral services will immediately follow, afterwhich Dan will be laid to rest next to Lorraine in the Hawthorne Cemetery. Because all family members live a great distance from the funeral site, they ask that friends and loved ones refrain from sending flowers or plants or any tokens of condolence to Hawthorne. Condolences, photos and memories can be posted at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com or cards and greetings can be sent to 241 Road 8A, Schuyler, NE 68661.

Tributes

2/27/2009 - I believe Dan left all who knew him or had the pleasure of meeting him with a blessed and fortunate feeling of gratitude to have had him touch our lives. He was an absolute compassionate, kind and loving soul,a man of fine values and principles, a grand example of the husband,man,father,granfather,friend/human being we could all aspire to be like. It was always well observed how much Dan loved his family. I remember listening to Dans wonderful camping/hunting/fishing stories especially ones he spent with his grandkids his face would just light up anytime subject included family n the love he shared for outdoors. I send my deepest condolences to all of you Bless you through your time of grief and loss may your pain be lifted in knowing he has gone to join beautiful Loraine the love of his life in the glorious kingdom of our heavenly father. Love to you all. - Crystal English, Grants Pass,OR

2/18/2009 - To all the family members of Dan Ballenger. Dan was one of the most wonderful men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. This man cared and loved unconditionally and always had a smile to brighten your day. Dan will be missed by all. He never judged anyone he was a fair man and truly loved his family. He was the father of my soul sister Robin, and I adopted him as my second Dad. My prayers and thoughts are with each and everyone of you. Love, Marsha - Marsha Cornella

2/18/2009 - Dan, I didn't get to spend very much of my life around you but in the short time I was around you, it was very memorable and I'll never forget you. So many memories in so little time, you invited me into your house, watching Raider games. I had a Great time watchin' football with you and the sign I put on your van! Watching you spend 15 minutes looking for the remote instead of changing the channel on the tv, at the time you cracked me up, now that I'm older I know why you searched for the remote like a navy seal! Actually you made me laugh all the time! Enjoying Lorraine's good cookin', I'll never forget those homemade hash browns man could she cook. Just hangin' out at the house you and Lorraine made me feel welcome, and that's a good feeling inside. I wish I could've spent more time around you, but I will always cherish the time I did spend around you, and for that I am a better person, I Love you Dan. I know you were in HEAVEN before the devil knew what happen, that chump didn't have a chance! To Pat, Kathy, Danny and Robin, your take solice in knowing your dad was a good guy and touched the hearts of many, I'll remember him always. Love, Marty - Marty Maes

2/17/2009 - My mind is full of found loving memories of Dan, I cannot think of thim without Lorraine. I think I was about 5 when Dan was coming around our house to see Lorraine. They were a quite, loyal couple, that there are no words to describe their relationship. He worshiped her. Dan was so good to her. He always treated her with the greatest of respect, kindness and love. He marvelled at the birth of each child and treasured them each individually. Sports was Dan's love, give him a TV and the Raiders he was happy. Dan spent a great deal of time with my Dad, who introduced him to the outdoor world of fishing and hunting. Bow hunting touched Dan's heart. Dan connected with sports, kids, nature and is a man of his word. Dan has a special place in my heart and I look forward to being with him again. I hope that each one of us realize how fortunate we are to have had such a true father, grampa, brother, friend, in our lives. It is very rare to feel the type of love that Dan shared. Dan was there in my time of need, and I will always treasure the help and aid his quite manner strengthened me. I love you and your family. Thanks for being part of my life. - Patsy Ann Lambert Taylor

2/16/2009 - Sympathy to the Ballenger family. I heard the stories of how Dan took care of Jack when he was young and on up. Jack needed it. - Butch Wright

2/14/2009 - I remember Dan Ballanger as being a devoted father and family man. His son Danny and my son were close high school friends and teammates on their school's basketball team. They remain close friends even today. Dan was always on the sidelines cheering on the team, and many times provided team transportation for games out of the area. Dan was always a willing and supportive parent.....that is how I knew him. To Dan's family.....you're in my prayers. - Pam Carey

2/14/2009 - The Ballenger family has been a part of my life since I was 6. I am now 45 and still they are an influence in my life. I can remember spending weeks at a time at their house growing up. I would go home from time to time to get my mom to wash my clothe's. The memories I have of Mr Ballenger are endless but I will share some. I remember as a 12 year old making my first allstar game as a baseball player. I was mostly a pitcher and also playing shortstop but Mr Ballenger and my own dad said hey Dan can catch so let's put him there. I remember that day. It was about 105 outside and here I am catching my first ever game and it's an allstar game. As time went on I did forgive him for that. Me and his son Danny were best friend's. As a highschooler I remember cutting classes and going to there TV store and watching soap operas with his wife Lorraine. He wouldn't let me get away with just kicking back. He would alway's have me lift a tv to his van or just to move it to some other place. On the weekend's Mr Ballenger would take me fishing. We would always go to Knight's landing to catch some really nice catfish. I will never forget the time we spent there. He took me hunting one time to fort hunter leggett to try and get a wild bore. I ended up getting poison oak but made it through the whole hunting trip. He wanted to take me home right away but I managed to stick it out. He has been such a big influence in my life. I will miss him more then I can ever say. I'm just sorry that I never told him how much I loved him. Besides my own dad there is no one I have ever looked up to more then him. - Danny Smith (Roy)

2/12/2009 - I met Dan when Kathy and I became best friends in High School. I was very impressed with how Kathy looked up and adored her dad so much. He was so supportive all of the kids' sports activities and I never heard him say a negative comment to them. He became my parents' "TV man" and they respected Dan so much for his straight forwardness, and honest and quiet manner in which he provided service. My (adopted) daughters had the priviledge of living with "Grampa" when they were foster children with the Davis family and they still talk about him and love him all these years. They have shared funny stories - one in which he let the girls draw green paint all over his face and beard one St. Patrick's Day. I am sorry for your loss but know that he is loved by many and spent his life in a way that created many wonderful memories for everyone who knew him. Martine, Ray, Sarah, and Savannah Feigh - Martine (Moran) Feigh

2/10/2009 - My favorite memory of Dan is once when we were visiting Yerrington and I had made a pot of beans for dinner. Dan came into the house when we were in town, and thinking I had made them just for him, took the whole pot back to his place. I made him bring them back and share them with the rest of the family. Dan, I'm sure there will be plenty of beans just for you in Heaven. We enjoyed knowing Dan and visiting with him. He and Nick never ran out of things to talk about. We will miss him very, very much. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. - Nick & Terri Neade - Paradise, CA

2/10/2009 - When me and my brother were growing up as kids I always looked up to him, because he was the best man that I knew and I wanted to be just like him. I love my brother a lot and he will be missed. - Jack Ballenger ~ Benicia, California

2/10/2009 - Ok grandpa Dan, I remember all the 12 inch lazers you would bring, the pocker games (only if we had money)fishing, the van and all of th unfinished tv's, wow what were you thinking, I LOVED THE RACE CARS ME AND JOSH HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME. Remember the house on springvalley 290 and Josh would run down the street from Uncle Johns and Robins in his underware just to see you. We had you all too ourself for a while. You are truely missed. Love Mickie - Mickie

2/9/2009 - To all of Dans family. My prays and thoughts go with you in this time of sorrow. I knew him as the most gentle and kind person with a big heart and wonderful smile. And that his greatest joy and pleasure was seeing his grandchildren grow. Time spent with Dan was cherished by all. God Bless you all. Mary Neade Vacaville California - Mary Neade

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