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Franklyn Hunt Balluff

December 21, 1928 January 30, 2021
Franklyn Hunt Balluff
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Franklyn Hunt Balluff, 92, passed while surrounded by his loving children on Saturday, January 30th in Lansing, Michigan. He was born in 1928 on his family’s farm in Dewitt and graduated from Leslie High School. WWII was raging during his school years and he was invited to enroll in a program related to developing war time pilots. He soloed at age 15 and got in trouble for skipping school and buzzing Leslie High. After graduation he purchased a Navy Stearman biplane and spent his free time flying and doing stunts.

As a young man, Frank was cruising through East Lansing with buddies when a beautiful blonde stepped-off the curb with her thumb out. He hit the brakes and he and Sally took a ride that lasted for 67 years. Sally was the love of his life and together they raised 5 children and enriched their grandchildren’s lives.

Frank was a good-humored man with a farmer’s optimism. He had a quick wit and read avidly. He was a kind, patient father to his 5 children and gave good advice, if wanted. He listened with an open mind and taught his family to work hard, build good lives, find humor in any situation and learn from mistakes. He was a proud grandfather who lovingly supported his grandchildren. Frank worked as a sales and marketing professional for Standard Block Co. and later with L.D. Clark Co. His handshake was golden; his projects were completed timely and within budget, without cutting corners. Integrity was everything to him. He was greatly admired in the industry.

Frank was a fine craftsman and could repair anything. He was our Google when project advice was needed. With a steady hand he built furniture and scale models of specialized trucks for collectors. When not in his workshop, he was flying or cutting the grass. He enjoyed maintaining his house, acreage and equipment then happy hour sunsets on the deck with Sally.

He built his dream home in Eagle, next to a runway and shared the wonder of flight with his grandchildren, letting them take the stick. One prized memory was participating in the Michigan Aeronautics Commission’s 50th Anniversary Flight Tour across the State in his beloved 1938 J3 Piper Cub. A lifetime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, he helped restore old planes. He proudly built a RANS Aircraft with his son-in-law and enjoyed flying into his mid-eighties. We’ll always look-up as a plane flies over and think of him. His family takes comfort in the love he and Sally shared with them.

A celebration of his life with take place this summer when we can safely gather together. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Jean and Maxine, brother Bill, his wife Sally and his daughter Susan. He is survived by his brothers Bob and Richard, children Frank (Becky), Dan (Sue), Betsy (Mark), Jeff (Jacqueline) and 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Eaton Community Palliative Care, 2675 S. Cochran Road, Charlotte, MI 48813. Arrangements have been entrusted to Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Online condolences may be shared at

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Out of respect and concern for public health and safety, the family has chosen to postpone funeral services. A service of remembrance will be held at a later date.

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