Girard – Edward E. Ballinger, 96, of Girard, IL passed away at 9:57 PM Monday, October 15, 2018 at his residence in Girard, IL with his companion and friends at his side.
Edward was born in Virden, IL on May 3, 1922 a son to Harvey L. & Grace (Spencer) Ballinger. He married Audrey D. Large on February 23, 1952 in Bloomington, IL, she precedes him in death.
Edward graduated from Waverly High School and enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Force in 1942 and served during WW II as a belly gunner on a B-17 and flew over 50 missions. He was a member of the Douglas Avenue Methodist Church, Springfield, IL and also of the American Legion Post #32, Springfield, IL for over 50 years.
Surviving Edward is his companion, Dorothy “Pat” Rutherford of Girard, IL and several nephews and cousins. Preceding Edward in death are his parents; wife, Audrey D. Large; infant son, Gary W. Ballinger; brothers, Russell, Ronald and Kenneth Ballinger and sisters, Emma Burris and June Smith.
Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL, with the service at 11:30 A.M. at the funeral home with Rev. Marty Nagel officiating. Pallbearers: Brett Mount, Sam Mount, Tyler Marko, Ryley Marko, Zach Rutherford and Eric Rutherford. Memorials may be made to the NorthMac Ministerial Association, Virden, IL. Interment will be in the Virden Cemetery, Virden, IL. To leave a comment for the family please visit: www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com