Harlan Ballentine, Veronica Bustamante, Gayle Erdmann

Harlan Ballentine

Funeral services for Harlan Clark Ballentine, 76, of Solvang, were held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at Inglewood Park Cemetery, in Inglewood, with Rev. Steve Miller officiating.

Mr. Ballentine was born on Sept. 24, 1925, to Harlan Leon and Mabelle Ballentine in Avoca, Iowa. While growing up he helped his grandparents with their farm and helped his father with a creamery truck route and worked in a carburetor repair shop. During his high school years he played many sports and was quarterback for the football team.

After high school he was drafted into the U.S. Navy to serve in World War II and was stationed in the Philippines. Later, during the Korean War, he served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force working on the B-26 light bomber and P-38 fighter planes as part of the 731st Bomber Squadron. For his service in Korea, he earned the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star and the United Nations Service medal.

After returning from Korea, Mr. Ballentine attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and majored in mechanical engineering. Afterwards, he accepted a position with Martin Marietta at Vandenberg Air Force Base in April 1962.

During his 23 years with Martin Marietta, he worked on several projects including the Titan missile, MX missile and space shuttle programs.

In July of 1962, he married Eileen Yvonne and they began their life together in Lompoc. Mr. Ballentine and his family moved to Solvang in 1973. He retired from Martin Marietta in 1985.

He passed away on Jan. 15, 2002.

Survivors include his daughters, Susan, of New Mexico, and Joy, of Lomita; and sons Mark and David Ballentine, both of San Luis Obispo.

Veronica Bustamante

Vigil services for Veronica Bustamante,19, of Lompoc, will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at the chapel of Starbuck-Lind Mortuary. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday at La Purisima Catholic Church with Rev. Richard Vega officiating. Burial will follow at Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery.

Miss Bustamante was born Nov. 21, 1982, in Santa Maria to Rafael and Maria Campos Bustamante. A lifelong resident of Lompoc, she was a member of La Purisima Catholic Church and graduated from Lompoc High School in 2000. After graduation, she went to work for a dental office in Solvang. She enjoyed her work and her friends, especially babysitting children for family and friends.

She died Jan. 19, 2002, in Santa Barbara.

Survivors include her parents, both of Lompoc; grandparents and a great-grandmother; two brothers, Saul Bustamante and Ricardo Bustamante, both of Lompoc; and her uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Family and friends may pay their respects from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary.

Gayle Erdmann

A memorial Mass for Gayle G. "Skip" Erdmann will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Msgr. John Fitzgerald officiating. Private inurnment will be at Riverside National Cemetery.

Mrs. Erdmann was born July 18, 1922, in Genessee, Idaho, to Eugene and Irene Herboth Bershaw. She was a graduate of Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Idaho, and attended the University of Colorado. She was a World War II veteran serving with the U.S. Navy. After her military service, she married Orville Erdmann in 1946 and moved to Lompoc in 1966 from Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. In her earlier years, she was active with Little League baseball, Y.M.C.A., a 4-H advisor and earned her private pilots licence. Her memberships included the Lompoc Women's Republican Club, Alpha Club where she served as the chair of its annual flower show and was a active parishioner at Queen of Angels Church and its bazaars. She was also active with local charities including Meals on Wheels and Food Pantry.

She died Jan. 21, 2002, at her home.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Orville Erdmann, of Vandenberg Village; children,Thomas W. Erdmann ,of Orange, Barbara J. Caldwell, of West Hills, Susan Ziegler, of Big Pine, Sharon Hallenbeck, of Laguna Hills, Robert M. Erdmann, of Sebastopol, and Ted. W. Erdmann, of Los Angeles; sisters, Jerrie Easterday, of Portland, Ore., Joyce Springer, of Missoula, Mont., Barbara Lee Hayes, of Novato, and Donna Nicholson, of Great Falls, Mont.; step-brothers, James Bershaw, of Lewiston, Ida. and Michael Bershaw of Lake Oswego, Ore.; eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jeannie Noel.

Contributions may be made to Queen of Angels Church, 3495 Rucker Road, or a charity of choice.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction Starbuck-Lind Mortuary.

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