of Tulsa, OK
September 7, 1953 - November 17, 2020
William R. (Rick) Balentine entered eternal rest on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 7, 1953, to Bill and Mollie (Richardson) Balentine of Marshall, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his father and his son, Terry Miller, of Owasso, Oklahoma.At the age of 7, the family moved to Harrison, Arkansas where Rick graduated from Harrison High School in 1971 and Twin-Lakes Vo-Tech two years later. In 1976, he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend Spartan School of Aeronautics. After graduating with honors, he became shop foreman for Moritz Machine in Tulsa and crew-chief for the St. Moritz racing team where he applied his knowledge to his passion for racing for many years. In 1990, Rick married Rita Miller of Tulsa, and together they raised one son, Terry, and three grandchildren. In 1997, he moved to Mingo Aerospace and Manufacturing in Owasso, where he served as Project Manager for 22 years before retiring. He was always known for his desire to help others whether with his knowledge or his own hands. Rick is survived by his wife, Rita, of the home; three grandchildren, Katie, Andrew, and Hannah; his brothers, Joe Balentine of Harrison, Arkansas and Drew Balentine of Joplin, Missouri; and his mother, Mollie Balentine, of Harrison. Graveside funeral service was 2:00 PM, Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at Maple Leaf Cemetery, with Rev. O. D. Turner officiating.Roller-Christeson Funeral Home is complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines for COVID-19 and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering.
Mollie and family, So sorry to hear this! May God give you peace and comfort.
I’m so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was my brother, Greg’s best friend in high school. They has a lot of fun together. Prayers to his family and friends.
Drew, I am so sorry to hear of your brothers passing. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
Rick was one of my best buddies in high school. We were always together. So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers to his family and friends. I will remember our fun times together always.
So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was a great guy and 1971 HHS classmate. About 15 years ago I got the opportunity to do some consulting for Mingo and work with Rick. It was a great honor.
Be assured that as Christians, Rick is not a part of your past. He is a part of your future.