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Emerson Charles Ballentine

December 20, 1943 ~ November 9, 2021 (age 77)


Emerson Charles Ballentine, age 77, of Wallace, Kansas passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021. He was born December 20, 1943.  He was raised in Wallace County by his maternal grandparents, Humphrey Barber and Ermma Neoma Langdon.

Emerson attended Winona School until he was needed to help on the farm full time.  He met and married Virginia Beckner of Goodland on June 16, 1963.  They had five sons, Charles Leon, Sonney, Corey, Daniel, James; and one daughter, Tina. 

Emerson was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, mentor, and friend.  He was a hard worker, he started out in farming and eventually started his own carpet laying company.  Many of the family has worked and learned under his care.  His house was always open with a pot of coffee on.  He always had time to talk and a heart full of love for family, and you didn’t need to be blood related to be a child of his.  He was always ready with a calm word of wisdom or the latest joke he heard.  His enjoyment was his family, the fishing bank, helping the boys with whatever they were working on, or just sitting quietly with mom watching t.v.  He will be greatly missed. 

He is survived by his wife, Virginia of the home; son, Charles Leon Ballentine and wife Charina of Philippines; daughter, Tina Waterman and husband Scott of Oberlin; son, Sonney Ballentine and wife Barb of Wallace; son, Corey Ballentine and wife Tara of Wallace; son, Daniel Ballentine and wife Marilyn of Wallace; and son, James Ballentine and wife Cassandra of Wallace; He was also a father to Damon Rickard and wife Cassy; 28 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; sister, Julie Craig; best friend and brother-in-law, Bob Beckner and wife Dorothy; and brother-in-law Jerry and wife Gwen.

He has joined in heaven his grandparents; parents; sister, Connie Carpenter; and one grandson, J. Michael.

A memorial service will be Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 2 p.m. CT at the Winona High School Gym, 504 Wilson Avenue, Winona, Kansas 67764.  Memorials may be designated to the Emerson Ballentine Memorial Fund and may be left at the service or sent in care of Bateman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 278, Goodland, Kansas 67735.  For more information and online condolences visit


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Memorial Service
November 20, 2021

2:00 PM
Winona High School
504 Wilson Avenue
Winona, KS 67764

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