In Memory of

Keith W. Ballantyne

September 21, 1929 - October 22, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA

Keith William Ballantyne, the son of Lillian (Drummond)     Ballantyne, was born September 21, 1929 in Sioux City, IA. He moved to Cherokee at an early age. He attended school and graduated in Cherokee. Shortly after, Keith joined the Navy and was stationed in Guam during the Korean War. He was discharged after his tour of duty and returned to Cherokee.  He worked on the railroad for a short while, as well as other jobs that were available at the time. He was later employed by the Iowa Department of Transportation. He retired from the DOT as a District Supervisor with 41 ½ years of service.


Keith enjoyed working in his yard among a variety of flowers and asparagus. He took great pride in the appearance of his yard. Many hours were spent making sure the grass was cut to the right height, the sidewalks were tended to, flower beds and fence rows trimmed to his specifications, that sufficient moisture was available for all the plants, and that the tomatoes were going to produce in abundance. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, and ran a trap line or two in the earlier years.


On Monday, October 22, 2018, Keith passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center, at age 89. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Ballantyne, his brother, Jack Ballantyne and uncle, Cy Drummond.


He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 63+ years, Joan; his nephew, John (Riitta) Ballantyne of Montana City, MT; sister-in-law, Phyllis Ballantyne of Grass Valley, CA and niece, Lynn Marie Ballantyne of Goleta, CA; a sister-in-law, Donna Stief, and brother-in-law, Mahlon Stief (Linda Peterson), all of Cherokee; other nieces and nephews on Joan’s side: Mike (Tanya)  Stief of Seminole, OK, Pat (Deb) Stief of Traer, IA, Shelly (Rick) Stickler of La Port City, IA, Mark (Kathy) Stief of Larrabee, IA,; Marlin (Amy) Stief of Cherokee, Darren (Tiffany) Willett of Waco, TX and Time (Alyssa) Stief of Shertz, TX; other relatives and friends.


Memorial contributions may be directed to the Keith Ballantyne Memorial Fund, which will be distributed amongst Keith's favorite charities.--Thank you

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee.

Pastor Jonathan Riggert
John  Ballantyne
Tim Stief
Pat Stief
Rick Stickler
Mark Stief
Marlin Stief

Honorary Bearers
Chris Miller
Sherald Grauer
Phil Spencer
Patty Spencer
Jim Wallace
Norma Wallace
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa
Military rites will be conducted by the
VFW L.A. Wescott Post # 2253 and
the Cherokee American Legion


Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 1:41 PM
“Joan and family, I am saddened by our loss of Keith. I have very fond memories of our times together, especially the fun Christmas parties you hosted. And you were such good friends to my family. I am thinking of you. Take care. Love, Gina”
- Gina Grauer Frank
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 1:41 PM
“Joan, so sorry to hear of Keith's passing. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Brenda Schutt
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 1:41 PM
“Dear, dear many great memories..the projests...he loved to dance..and great get-togethers at the Buenzow sorry, Joan for your loss..we all send you our deepest sympathey...Love, Doris Buenzow, daughters Lori, and LeeAnn.”
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 1:41 PM
“Joan, I was saddened at Keith's passing. I have many fond memories of Christmas parties and grateful for your friendship to my family over so many years. You are in my thoughts and prayers for God's comfort.”
- Gina Frank
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 9:45 AM
“I'm was saddened to hear that Keith had passed on. Joan, I always enjoyed visiting with and especially working with/for him while he was at DOT. Truly a 'gold' guy. I'm sorry for your loss.”
- Scott Christensen
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 9:45 AM
“My sincere sympathy to you Joan! Losing your partner in marriage is a very hard thing to go thru, I know. May you keep all your memories close to your heart, it will help tou through this sad time. Debbie Courtright ”
- Debbie Courtright
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 9:45 AM
“I have childhood memories of Keith and Joan as friends with Chuck and Doris Buenzow. I am still in touch with Lee Ann. The photo is exactly the way I remember Keith. My sympathies to Joan. ”
- Barbara French Bottger
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 11:21 AM
“Our sympathy in the loss of your husband (Keith).”
- Chuck and Joanne Clark
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 10:15 AM
“Joanie, I'm so saddened to hear of the loss of your husband. Warm hugs to you. Hang in there. Julie McQuaid”
- Julie McQuaid
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 10:15 AM
“Keith was a regular customer of ours, along with his wife, Joan. Also one of the best neighbors anyone could have. Fond memories! ”
- Frank Morton
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 10:15 AM
“Joan - I am deeply saddened about the loss of your husband; just know that I am here for you, please don't hesitate to reach out during this difficult time.”
- Kathy Miller
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 10:15 AM
“Joan--Very sorry to hear of Keith's passing. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Connie Grauer
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 10:15 AM
“So sorry to hear about Keith. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Paulette Kroll
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 3:16 PM
“Joan, so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers and thoughts to you. ”
- Lisa Talbert (Spencer)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 3:16 PM
“Our deepest Sympathies to you and your family! Joan please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!
Dave & Kathy”
- Dave Bert
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 12:56 PM
“Joan I am so sorry for the passing of Keith..”
- Glenda Schleef
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