Rex Ballantine Sr.

September 2, 1928 — August 11, 2020

Rex Ballantine Sr.

Rex Eugene Ballantine Sr., age 91, of Elsie, MI, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at his home of nearly 70 years.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI, on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Mona Kindel officiating. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Elsie, MI. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Rex was born to Norval and Hazel (Williams) Ballantine in Elsie, MI on September 2, 1928. He graduated from Elsie High School with the class 1946. On June 23, 1951 Rex married Dorothy Lola Taege at the First United Methodist of St. Johns, MI.

Rex was involved in 4-H for the majority of his life as a member and a leader; teaching leather craft and dairy showmanship. It was in 4-H that he met the love of his life, Dorothy as a teenager. They were blessed with 64 years of marriage prior to her passing away on August 28, 2015.  Rex loved his wife Dorothy more than words can say and never was the same after her death.

Rex was a lifelong dairy farmer. He began farming with a team of horses and kept horses until he was in his 70s. In high school he began driving school bus. Rex spent many years working for Norval Thornton Construction. He also worked for Elsie Post Office as a rural mail carrier.

Rex is survived by his daughter Debra Wright and Darren Askevich, grandson Nathan (Alexia) Ballatine, granddaughter Rachel (Drew) Barker, daughters-in-law: Lori Oosterhouse and Barb Ballantine, and 4 great-grandchildren: Lake, Milo, Forest, and Maia. Rex was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy, and son Rex Ballantine Jr.

Rex loved to give flowers to Dorothy so in lieu of flowers the family asks that in Rex's memory you would give flowers to someone you love. Online condolences can be made at www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.

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Past Services

Visitation - with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M.

Friday, August 14, 2020

2:00 - 8:00pm

Smith Family Funeral Homes - Elsie

221 E. Main Street, Elsie, MI 48831

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Funeral Service

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Starts at 11:00am

Smith Family Funeral Homes - Elsie

221 E. Main Street, Elsie, MI 48831

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