Community holds memorial honoring 99-year-old WWII veteran

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Alfred Ballentine (Courtesy of the Ballentine Family)

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (WJW) — Community members are holding a memorial to honor a local veteran who passed away on Wednesday.

Members of one New Philadelphia neighborhood are lining up their cars on Delaware Avenue near the cemetery around 12:15 p.m. Saturday to show their support for Alfred Ballentine, a 99-year-old World War II veteran.

Community members say he passed away peacefully in his Oldtown Valley home.

Ballentine served in the US Army during World War II with 3442nd Ordnance Medium Automotive Maintenance Company.  During the war, he was stationed in Germany, Belgium and France.  His unit took part in five major battles during the war, including the Battle of the Bulge and the Invasion of Normandy. He was the recipient of five Bronze Stars. 

He was also a lifelong dairy farmer and operated a farm on his property for many years. Family member say he worked daily and could be found driving tractors up until the age of 97.

Ballentine also served as a York Township Trustee for 20 years, was a lifetime member of the Tuscarawas VFW and a 65 year member of the Union Grange.

He loved gardening, fishing, hunting, collecting arrowheads and rooting for the Cleveland Indians.

Click here to read his obituary.

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