Floyd “Leon” Ballenger, 68, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Dec. 25, 2008, in Springfield.

Leon was born June 24, 1940, in Picher, Okla., the son of Floyd T. and Amanda Aretta (Reynolds) Ballenger.

He graduated from Columbus High School in 1958, Pittsburg State University in 1962, and from Wichita State in 1969, with a masters in music education. Leon taught music, choral and performance at Anthony, Newton and Haven public schools in Kansas, Friends University in Wichita, Kan., and Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. He later worked as a funeral director in Anthony, Kan., owned Mr. B’s Café in Branson, Mo., for 10 years and worked at the Hamner-Barber Theatre in Branson, until recently.

Leon is survived by a brother, Farell D. Ballenger, of Springfield; four nephews, Dennis and Gina Ballenger, of Battlefield, Mo., Larry and Threasa Ballenger, Kyle Ballenger and Brian Ballenger, all of Springfield; cousins, former classmates and students. Leon will be remembered for his musical talents by all who knew him.

Leon’s body was cremated. A time of sharing with the family will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday evening, Jan. 2, in the First Baptist Church in Branson. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, in the Murdock Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Roger Beason officiating. Leon’s ashes will be interred in the Park Cemetery, Columbus, Kan. Visitation with family will be from 10 a.m. until service time.