Edwin "Gene" Ballantine 83 of Story City, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 surrounded by his family at the Israel Hospice House in Ames. A service celebrating his life will be held on10:00 am Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Elim Lutheran Church in Randall. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with family present at Elim Lutheran Church. Burial of his cremated remains will be at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery in Jewell. Becker Funeral and Cremation Service of Jewell is caring for Gene and his family.
Gene was born on August 31, 1929 to Ted and Muriel (Voss) Ballantine in Ellsworth. After graduation from Ellsworth High School in 1947, he worked at the local Co-op station. Gene enlisted in the US Air Force
in the summer of 1951, and on December 30th of that year married Rosa Lee Caruth. To this union two children were born: Rick and Jeannie.
Gene was aircraft mechanic on B-47 planes during his four years of service at the Lockbourne Air Force Base in Columbus, Ohio. In 1955 the Couple moved back to the Ellsworth community where Gene was a member of the American Legion, an assistant fire chief and a board member of the local co-op. In 1962 the family moved to a farm outside of Randall where for 35 years Gene raised turkeys and farmed. Gene loved being a farmer. Gene was a member of the Elim Lutheran Church. In 1991 Gene and Rosa moved to Story City. Gene was employed by McFarland Clinic as a patient attendant, a position he enjoyed very much for eleven years. A recent highlight of Gene's life was the thrill of participating in the Story County Honor Flight to Washington DC in October. This was followed by Gene and Rosa's 62 years of celebrating marriage in December.
Gene is survived by his wife Rosa of Story City; one son, Rick (Jennifer) Ballantine of Ames; one daughter, Jeannie (Pete) Hill of Story City; six grandchildren, Jason (Brittany) Hill, Westin (Katelyn) Barnes, Bret Ballantine, Shayla Barnes, Alex Hill, and Brittany Ballantine; and two sisters, Doris Caruth of Statford, and Virginia Sorenson of Silver Springs, Nevada. He is preceded in death by his parents.
The family expresses their gratitude to the physicians, nurses and staff of Bliss Cancer Center and Israel Hospice House for their loving and patient care and support. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Elim Lutheran Church, Randall Iowa, Bliss Cancer Center and Israel Hospice House both in Ames.