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Steve L. Ballinger
Steve L. BallingerOld BlueSteve L. Ballinger, 66 of Marion, died Monday morning, April 28, 2014 at home.  He was born July 19, 1947 in Kenton to the late Bertice Carl and Phyllis Ann (Miller) Ballinger.

On April 9, 1967 he married the former Becky Grose in the Pharisburg United Methodist Church, and she survives.

A 1966 graduate of North Union High School, he was a self-employed carpet installer for 44 years.  Steve loved his job and cherished the relationships he made.  He was a perfectionist and it showed in his work, gaining him a reputation as the most sought-after carpet installer in the area.  He never wanted to stop working.

He was a member of the Richwood First United Methodist Church, and in his later years, enjoyed attending church and reading the Bible.  Steve enjoyed shooting pool, weight-lifting and just enjoyed physical exercise.  He especially loved taking care of “Old Blue,” his work van.  His children and grandchildren were the most important thing to Steve and brought him a great deal of joy.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Todd (Annie) Ballinger, Bellefontaine; his daughter, Lori (Donny) Connor, Gahanna; his grandchildren, Tanner, Ryan, Kacy and Ally; brother, David L. Ballinger, Marion; and sister, Roxane (Jeffery) Miller, Beverly Hills, Michigan.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard M. Ballinger.

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Richwood First United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Rhea officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 4 to 7 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to Richwood First United Methodist Church, 18 South Fulton Street, Richwood, OH  43344 or Acclaim Hospice, 1199 Delaware Ave, Marion, OH  43302.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Tonya Davis Payne
Delaware, Ohio
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Becky and family - I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.  Steve was a really nice guy, and I know you will miss him terribly.  I didn't know he was ill, but I know he is no longer in pain.  Try to remember all your happy moments with him, and look forward to being with him once again "on the other side".  With my sincerest best wishes, Tonya Davis Payne

#2 from: Zeke Riedmiller
Columbus, OH
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Sincerest sympathy and condolences to the Ballinger family. I always enjoyed our "mini-reunions" whenever I happenned to be in the vicinity of his home.

#3 from: Heather Marine Rutter
Prospect, Ohio
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Becky, Todd, Lori and family, I am so very sorry for your loss! Dad (Bob) has kept me informed on Steve during his illness, we have all been thinking of everyone! Steve was a great man and will be missed by all that knew him! And he will have a special place in our hearts! Please know we will keep you all in our prayers as you go through this difficult time!

#4 from: Ray & Arlene James
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM

So sorry for this loss. A great man and neighbor. Just wish we had made the trip to visit a few weeks sooner. Asking God to be with all the family thru this time to provide strength and comfort.

#5 from: Angela Phipps
Mt Victory
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Becky and family so sorry for the loss of Steve he layed carpet for us before and what a professional...may god be with each of you at this difficult time

#6 from: johnanibert
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 5:14 PM

To the Ballinger family So sorry for your loss. He was one swell guy. Seems like just yesterday he was just a teenager. Always loved to see his great smile Thinking and praying for your strength.              Bill and Johna Nibert

#7 from: Karin Ballinger
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Becky, Lori, and Todd,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Steve as a sweet, gentle soul whose smile would light up the room. I can only imagine how happy he was to see Rick and his mom and dad again. As you share memories, I I hope you can take comfort in the wonderful life you had together. With love, Karin

#8 from: Linda and Joe Galluzzo
Chesterfield, VA
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Becky, Lori, Todd, Roxane, David and families..our prayers and deepest sympathy go out to all of you. We are at peace knowing Steve is no longer suffering and that he is with all of the other angels in heaven, along with his sweet parents and brother Rick. He was the sweetest cousin a girl could ever have. He had a million dollar smile and a personality to match. What a great guy he was and he will be terribly missed.

#9 from: Sue Connor
Gahanna, Ohio
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Mrs. Ballinger, Lori and Todd - my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.  May he rest in peace.

Sue Connor

#10 from: Tim and Loretta Ryan
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Our prayers go to you Becky and your family.
God will lead you through it all .  God welcomed
Steve into the Kingdom of Heaven with open
Loving arms.  God Bless Tim, Loretta, and Cole Ryan

#11 from: Gary Mannasmith
Creston, Ohio
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 7:33 PM

To the Ballinger Family,
So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was always a good friend and I'm truly sorry that distance between us kept us from sharing more good times in these later years. I know he will be missed.

#12 from: joe and jerry sloop
richwood ohio
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 7:51 PM

So sorry to hear Steve was a wonderful man remember him when they lived at West Mansfield and we use to sit on nettie Thomas porch prayers to your family at this time.

#13 from: Tim and Loretta Ryan
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Steve will be greatly missed.  I lost my father when I
Was 17 years old and Steve took me under his wings
And continued to teach me the carpet installing business
We were on a lot of jobs together and had a lot of good
Conversations .  He's probably showing God how to lay
Carpet in Heaven .   Darrell and Drayson Ford, and Cindy

#14 from: Steven Bickley
Valley Forge, Pa
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 10:10 PM

I am so sorry to hear about Steve.  We were so close in school and, although the miles and years separated us, he was so often in my thoughts and prayers. I cannot think of Steve without smiling about some of the thins we used to do together.
It is special the way you can feel so close to someone in your heart without being near them.  I am praying for Becky and the children in this time of hurting and healing.  I too, like Steve, take comfort in reading God's Word every day.  His promises to us are what keeps me going when life is difficult.

#15 from: Traci Hoffman
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

#16 from: Jean & Walt Corrigan
Saint Cloud, FL
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM

We were very sorry to hear of Steve's passing....

#17 from: Donnie and Kathie Pfister
northfield ohio 44067
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Ballinger Family, I want all of you to know how deeply sorry I am. So many fond memories. Not only was he a friend but a part of our family. His smile was infectious. He will be missed by all.

#18 from: Pam DeGood Ward
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Dear Becky, I am so sorry to hear about Steve. I just want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Steve was a kind and sweet man. Pam DeGood Ward

#19 from: Sue Hoffman
Richwood, oh
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Keeping you in our hearts and prayers.  

#20 from: Melissa Mckiniss
Larue, Ohio
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Becky, Im so sorry to hear of Steves' passing. I know how hard this is! If you need anything please know I am here for you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

#21 from: Debbie Schumacher
Gahanna, OH
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Lori and family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father and husband.  I will keep all of you in my prayers.  I never met Steve, but, in reading some of the other messages, it appears that he was a pretty wonderful guy.  The one thing that I can attest to is that he raised a wonderful, smart, loving, funny daughter, who I cherish as a friend.

#22 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Buck and I want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We will miss the blue van going by and honking and his smiling face. He was a master at laying carpet and made many friends throughout his business. He will be missed.

#23 from: Maria Cereoli
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Todd thank you for the kind words on moms. I'm so sorry about your dad as well. We will get thru this. Stay strong. My condolences to your whole family.

#24 from: Leanna Cereoli
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Steve was just such a nice man. The biggest smiles you could bring to his face was the mention of his family and his community. He will leave an absence that we shall all feel.
you have my deepest sympathies for your loss.

#25 from: Beth Taylor Brelsford
2516 Gast Dr., Prospect, OH  43342
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Dear Roxanne, David, and Becky,

Remembering your family in this sad time and sending hugs from the Taylor family.  I remember Steve as a fun loving, happy person.
My prayers go out to your family that God gives you comfort in this time of sadness.

#26 from: Jerry & Peg Gray Weaver
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 8:35 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in your loss.
Steve was a wonderful person. I always called him to lay all my carpet. He was very good at his job and was such fun to have around.
He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
May God bless you with His peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead.

#27 from: Jim and Sandra Christy  Mary Florence Blue
Piqua, OH
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Ballinger family--Although words offer small comfort in your loss, our sincere sympathy to the family.
Jim and Sandra Christy
Mary Florence Blue

#28 from: Whitney Taylor
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 8:45 PM

To the Ballinger Family- I am sorry to hear about Steve's passing. One of my fondest memories of Steve that sticks out and will always remember was him smiling and stretching out his arm to wave as he would drive past our old yellow house on Water St. in his old blue van. I always said him and my Dad were brothers from different mothers sporting long hair and beards and so down to earth. Such a sweet guy, going to miss him. Not a goodbye, but a see you later my friend!

#29 from: Dan Foos
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 1:09 AM

I just want to extend my sympathy to the entire family, I had hoped Steve could have regained his health. I am sure he will be greatly missed by you all.  He was an asset to the community.

#30 from: Marlene and Ralph Stidham
Chickamauga, Ga
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Dear Becky and Family, please accept our sympathies. While words do little to soothe your pain, know his love and spirit will always be a part of your lives.  Marlene and Ralph Stidham

#31 from: David Zeller & Family
Bellefontaine, OH.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Lori, Adam, Mary Beth & David Zeller send you our deepest sympathy & caring & prayers at this difficult time.

"I am the Resurrection & the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live." St. John 11:25.

#32 from: Candy Hester Love
Savannah, GA
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing,  Roxanne.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

#33 from: Judy Nickel
Richwood, Ohio
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 3:25 PM

So sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, best friend, and father to your children.  May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you comfort.  Steve was a wonderful classmate.  I am sure he will be missed by many, many people.  God loves you.  God Bless!

#34 from: Rosemary Taylor
3206 Soaring Bird Circle, Colorado Spgs., CO  80920
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Dear Becky, Roxane, and David,

Remembering your family with love.  I am so sorry to hear of Steve's untimely death.  He was such a loving youngster and a joy to have in class as a teenager.  He matured into a fine, responsible adult with honesty, integrity, and respect for his fellowman.  We enjoyed his ready smile, infectious laugh, and pleasing personality.  May God be with you and yours and shower you with His comfort and love.  
       Love,  Rosemary Taylor

#35 from: Alan Cowgill
Springfield, Ohio
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Very sorry for your loss.

I remember Steve a good guy and I know he will be missed.

Alan Cowgill

#36 from: Bruce Gruber
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Becky, sorry to hear about Steve.He will be greatly missed.I hadn't seen you or Steve since one of the earlier reunions but stopped by last Oct and Steve and I drove down to Ron Simpsons. Marvin and Marine showed up and we all had a few laughs.Steve had a great time.I won't ever forget it.God be with Steve and watch over you Becky.     Bruce Gruber  

#37 from: Teresa (Sidle) Rockenbaugh
Richwood, ohio
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

So sorry for your loss I understand with my loss
Of John almost three years ago.  Please call
If you need to talk.. (937.243.9091)
Steve was so funny and good to talk to
every time he laid carpet for me.. He will be
missed.  You are in my prayers!

#38 from: Tracy and Dawn Kavanagh
Thu, May 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

To Becky, Lori, Todd, and the whole family,
We are so sorry for your loss.  Steve was truly a great guy, and he'll be greatly missed.  

#39 from: Anne, Cathi & Mike Orahood
Sat, May 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Becky & Family,
We wish to send our most sincere sympathy to you and your family with Steve's loss. We know that he will be sadly missed and we will keep you in our prayers. Steve has done so much work for us and was appreciated so very much. He was a wonderful person.

#40 from: Randy Wurtsbaugh
Williston, Vermont
Sun, May 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

So sad to hear of Steve's passing.  I was a classmate of Rick's and they both are truly missed.  

#41 from: Harold & Bonnie Green
Mon, May 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Becky,  Roxanne & family, We were so sorry to hear about Steve's passing. We will pray for your peace & comfort during the loss of someone so special.

#42 from: Chuck and Lori (Miller) Young
Springfield, OH
Thu, May 8, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of Steve. We knew his mother Phyllis. We wish you peace and comfort at this difficult time.

#43 from: Jani Rankin
Fri, May 9, 2014 at 4:54 PM

  You and your family have been in our prayers.  We thought a lot of Steve.
                           Virg and Jani Rankin

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