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Isaac L. and Rachel (England) Bender, Alvin
MILAN, Ill. — Donald Eugene Balty was carefully transferred from the loving hands of his family into the arms of his heavenly Father at 10 a.m., on Jan. 8, 2009, at his home in Milan. He was 71 years old.
A second funeral will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. near his boyhood home in Mankato, Kan. Don will be interred at Burr Oak Cemetery, Burr Oak, Kan., where he will be awaiting Resurrection morning. Memorials may be made to Gideons International.
He was born in Nyssa, Ore., on May 24, 1937, the only child of Rev. Raymond and Amie (Bender) Balty. Donald made Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior at the age of 15.
Donald fell in love with Glenda Garton as they returned to Kansas with their parents from the first conference of the Bible Missionary Church in Denver, Colo., in 1956. They became engaged three months later and married on April 19, 1957.
Before moving to Illinois, Donald had lived in Scottsbluff where he was in the insurance business and his three children were born here. Don owned and operated First Choice Auto Sales Center, Rock Island, for 16 years. He was a member of the Illinois Auto Dealers Association and the National Independent Auto Dealers Association. A member of the Coal Valley Bible Missionary Church, Donald lived a life of integrity, devoted to God and his family. He had many interests among which were collecting books, cars and travel.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Glenda; and three children, Tim (and Carolyn) of Fairbanks, Alaska, Lisa (and Charles) Croyle of Des Moines, Iowa, and David (and Amy) of Atlanta, Ga. Don and Glenda have seven grandchildren.
"On the south side of the cemetery, a small tent will be staked next to monuments that bear the names, “Isaac and Rachel Bender,” and “Raymond and Amie Balty.” A few moments later, Reverend Paul Eversole will commit my father’s body to the earth, his soul to God."
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