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In Memory of

Bob O'Dell Ballentine

July 26, 1930 - May 17, 2012

Obituary


Bob O'Dell Ballentine, 81, of San Angelo went to be with his Lord Thursday, May 17, 2012 in a local care center.
Services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, May 21st at The First Christian Church with Rev. Ben G. Hubert and Rev. Robert Janeck officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.

Bob was born July 26, 1930 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Glenn Earl and Ruth (O'Dell) Ballentine. In 1948, he received his diploma from Clarinda High School, Clarinda, Iowa. While...

Bob O'Dell Ballentine, 81, of San Angelo went to be with his Lord Thursday, May 17, 2012 in a local care center.
Services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, May 21st at The First Christian Church with Rev. Ben G. Hubert and Rev. Robert Janeck officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.

Bob was born July 26, 1930 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Glenn Earl and Ruth (O'Dell) Ballentine. In 1948, he received his diploma from Clarinda High School, Clarinda, Iowa. While in high school, Bob met Ruth Elaine Brake of Glenwood, Iowa. They married November 6, 1949 and began a wonderful life together. He graduated from Lincoln Aviation Institute, Lincoln, Nebraska and worked as a flight engineer for TWA. Bob enlisted in the US Airforce in1951. During his military career he served as Crew Chief on various aircraft and worked on Atlas missiles. Bob served in the Vietnam War and landed 2 days prior to the Tet Offensive. Later in his career, he worked in communications in conjunction with Security Service and remained in this field until his retirement as Master Sergeant. Being in the military took him and his family to various stateside bases. His favorite oversees assignment was in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Upon his military retirement Bob and his family relocated to San Angelo, Texas where he enrolled at Angelo State University. He earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration and graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. Bob then began another career as a corporate tax accountant for GTE and was appointed administrator of the Tax Accounting Computational Systems Department. After working at GTE for 15 years, he retired in 1991.

Bob was a member of many groups and organizations. He was an Elder of The First Christian Church where he was an active member for almost 40 years. Among the titles and offices he held at church are Vice President of United Campus Ministries and chairman of the Memorial Committee. He was a Charter member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 457 and a member of the VFW Post 1815. Delivering meals for Meals on Wheels was a service he took great pleasure in for the past 2 ½ decades. He also enjoyed his morning coffee meetings with "the guys" at Mc Donald's. Traveling and visiting friends and family was one of Bob's passions which took him to many states including Louisiana, Iowa, Kansas, Florida, California, and Missouri often. New Mexico was another of his favorite places where he enjoyed crewing hot air balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

His wife, Ruth, preceded him in death on January 30, 2004.
Survivors include his daughter Lori Rambo and husband Jerry Mann Rambo, Jr. of Menard; two sons Jon Ballentine of Pleasanton, TX. , Jeffrey Ballentine and wife Cristi of San Angelo; grandchildren Bryan Thigpen and wife Myndi, Lindsey Neel and husband Layne, Cambrie, Hunter and Blaine Ballentine, Anthony Hackerott and Heather Myers and husband Kyle; two great grandchildren Lainey and Jayla Thigpen; two brothers Arthur and Glenn Ballentine and close cousin Bill O'Dell.

Bob Ballentine was an amazing father, grandpa and great-grandpa whose absence will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank the staff at Meadow Creek Nursing Home and Dr. Ty Hughston for their wonderful care.
Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at johnsons-funeralhome.com