Bruce W. Ballanger passed on the morning of Wednesday November 20, 2013 after being ill for quite some time in Las Vegas, Nev.
Bruce was born to Roy and Lora Ballanger in 1928 in Whittier, Calif., where he also grew up. Bruce graduated High School from Whittier Union High in 1946. Right after high school he started work at Chrysler Automotive as head painter; he left after 23 years.
In 1950 he joined the army and was a PFC Gunners Mate in the Korean War until 1952. Shortly after he married Donna J. Ballanger on April 11, 1952.
In 1969, Bruce and his family moved to Orcas Island, Wash., to join his brother Marvin and his wife Harriett Miller where he then became co-owner of Island Hardware & Supply.
In 1991 Bruce and Donna retired from Island Hardware & Supply and became snowbirds traveling from Orcas Island to Las Vegas, Nev. Bruce enjoyed many activities including being a member of The Grange, participating in the Community Church and spending their time organizing The Fly-In.
In the winter of 2005 Bruce and Donna moved to Las Vegas, Nev., permanently.
Bruce is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Denise Barfoot and her husband Harold Barfoot, son Edward and his wife Cindy, son Barry and his wife Mary and his four grandchildren Farren Fry, Alexander Ballanger, Molly Ballanger, Garrett Ballanger and his great granddaughter Madyson Fry.
A memorial service may take place at a later date.