|Birth: ||Jul. 15, 1922|
|Death: ||Dec. 17, 2011|
JOSEPH (GIUSEPPE) HENRY BALLANTONI
Age 89, of Simi Valley, passed away December 17, 2011 in Simi Valley.
Joseph was born July 15, 1922 in Greenwich, Connecticut and raised in Portchester, New York. Joseph served as an Army Private in the Army Air Force during World War 2 as an Aircraft Mechanic stationed in the Phillipine Islands to service and repair various planes, such as the B29 Bomber and F4U Corsair. After World War 2 ended, he continued his career as an engineer by designing hydraulic systems for various military vessels, such as the USS Thresher submarine. He also designed systems for Chance Vought Aircraft:; particularly the F-8 Crusader.
Around 1945 Joseph met his beloved wife, Anna through a mutual friend at the Kansas State Fair. They married in 1946, moved to Hagerstown, Maryland then back to Portchester, New York where they had their two children, Gary and Linda. They then relocated to Arlington, Texas for his job and had their third child, John. Joseph and his family, eventually ventured out west to California in 1959 where he began working as an Aerospace
Engineer at Bendix, An American manufacturing and engineering company. He then took a job opportunity with North American Rockwell (Rocketdyne) in the San Fernando Valley. He worked on countless rocket engines from the H-1, J-2 and the F-1 under the Apollo Moon Project, which in 1969 sent a man to the moon.
Joseph continued to thrive in his mechanical engineering career by working on the International Space Station which is proudly still orbiting the earth today. In 1988, he retired from Boeing (Rocketdyne), however because of his profound love of his profession he continued as a consultant for many years after. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading countless books, playing cards with friends and family, traveling, barbequing on the grill, watching baseball, enjoying home cooked meals, especially desserts, working on his home computer and being a grandfather and great grandfather. He will always be a cherished Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather in Peace.
There will be a visitation on Wednesday January 4th from 9-11am at Reardon Simi Valley Funeral Home in Simi Valley with Services beginning at 11a.m. Interment will follow immediately at Assumption Catholic Cemetery in Simi Valley.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on January 2, 2012
Assumption Catholic Cemetery
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Record added: Jan 02, 2012
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