Ralph W. Balentine

March 11, 1931January 14, 2012

Ralph Windell Balentine, 80, passed away January, 14, 2012. Ralph was born on March 11, 1931 in Purdon, TX to Lorena and Ralph M. Balentine who preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years and was a graduate of the University of North Texas. Ralph retired from Lone Star Steel Co in Dallas after 35 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church Richardson and the Pathfinders Sunday school class. Ralph is survived by his wife of 50 years, Verlene Thompson Balentine; his daughter Lynne Zipko, her husband John; three grandchildren, Emily, Nicholas and Hannah Zipko; sisters, Ina Jones and Joann McCrory of Corsicana, TX; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 North Central Expressway Richardson, TX 75080 at 1 PM on January 17, 2012. Private Burial will be at DFW National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at “Cure PSP”, 30 E. Padonia Rd. Timonium, MD 21093, or online at We desperately need to fund research to find a cure for this disease.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ralph W. Balentine

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Vicki Golden

February 17, 2012

Verlene, I just learned about Ralph passing. I want you and the family to know how much I admired Ralph, and what a good friend he always was to me. I appreciated his knowledge and his support in helping me, early in my career at LSS, and always as a dear friend. My prayers are with you and all your family. My only regret, I kept meaning to call Ralph, to catch up, and I let life get in the way. I only hope he knew how much he meant to me. With love, Vicki

January 17, 2012

Lynne, John, Emily, Nick and Hannah,
We're very sorry to learn about your father (grandfather) passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Uncle John and Aunt Amaya

January 17, 2012

We are so sorry that we can't be there to honor Ralph and support you. We send our sympathy and love to You, Lynne and Her Family.
J L and Juanell


January 17, 2012


Kenneth and Shirley Hollins

January 16, 2012

Dear Verlene and Family,
We were very sad to hear about the loss of Ralph Balentine. We wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. At a time like this, your faith will be challenged. Hold strong to your faith. Being the strong Christian family that you are has its advantages, especially during this time.
May the grace of God and His compassion be your rock and give you inner peace. God is good and He is always right by your side. He hears and answers every prayer.
Remember the good times you shared with Ralph throughout the years. Hold on to those precious memories. We are sure that he has left a beautiful Legacy behind through his grandchildren. His presence in your heart will live on for years to come.
Countless times throughout the days ahead, you will find yourself remembering Ralph. Although you can no longer see or hear him, know that he is not gone. He is just further down the path than the rest of us. Remember, Heaven just received a new angel. When you think that you are at the end of your rope, just tie a knot and hold on with all your strength. Time is the greatest healer there is in life. Celebrate his life.

Our sincere condolences,
Kenneth and Shirley Hollins