Obit: Joel Ballenger


Joel R. Ballenger, 61, of Moscow died Sunday, May 17, 2020 at his home. Interment will take place in Moscow’s Klein Cemetery at a later date.

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Joel was born in Muscatine on May 5, 1959 to Ronald and Marilyn (Johnson) Ballenger. He graduated from Wilton High School in 1977.

He owned and operated R&M Trucking with his father for 30 years. His father was his best friend and they trucked and participated in antique tractor pulls together.

Joel was a member of the Quad Cities ATV Club and went on many trips with the club, his favorites were to Bryce Canyon and Arches National Park.

Joel is survived by his parents, sister Robin Schlueter of Moscow; brother Jay (Karen) Ballenger of Tipton; two nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Marvin and Evelyn Johnson and Inez Paetz.