Roy was born on May 7, 1938, in North Hollywood, Calif., to Raymond and Dora Belle Ballinger. He was the youngest of five children. He died peacefully in the arms of Rosalie, his wife of 20 years, on Sept. 6, 2015.
His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Sunset Hills Funeral Home, 1215 145th Place S.E., Bellevue, followed by a reception.
Roy was three years old when the family moved to Grants Pass, Ore., where he was reared on the family farm. He graduated from Oregon State University and went on to serve in the Navy for three years. He then joined the prestigious firm of Arthur Andersen and became a CPA, enjoying the work and the friendships he collected along the way as CFO of a number of companies and owner of Ballinger Ford Tractor. He retired in 1996 and was able to concentrate more on his true passion, woodworking. (He loved to make sawdust!) Rosalie and Roy moved to Langley on Whidbey Island where they built the home of their dreams.
He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Mark Ballinger and Marie Sauter, Leslie and Jeff Adams and Kristin Ballinger and Jason Gelfand; his grandchildren, Quinton Adams, William Ballinger, Louisa Ballinger, Ellie Adams and Hope Gelfand; by his wife, Rosalie; her son, David Warden and Elizabeth Sinclair; and grandchildren, Sam Torresdal, Luke Torresdal, Tyler Warden, Danielle Warden and Robyn Sinclair; by his sister and brother-in-law Nina and Norman Farrell; by several nieces and nephews; and by his favorite four-legged friend, Abby.
He is preceded in death by his father, mother, brother Bud, and sisters Millie and Vera; by the mother of his children, Sandra McCloud; and by Rosalie’s daughter, Sharon Warden.
We are all devastated by the loss of this gentle man. He brought great joy to his family, friends, and co-workers through his easy smile and (often inappropriate but always hilarious) humor.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Virginia Mason Heart Institute. As an additional remembrance of Roy, consider going to the hardware store, buying some wood, and building something.