Leon Luther Ballard

September 14, 1919February 16, 2011

Leon L. Ballard, a long time resident of Brazoria County, passed away on Wednesday, February 16, 2011. He was born on September 14th, 1919, in Houston to parents, L.Y. and Myrtle Ballard. Leon grew up in the Heights and graduated from Reagan High School. He served his country during World War II as a B-29 pilot in the Pacific theater. Leon retired from Western Electric in 1978 after more than 35 years or service. He enjoyed over 33 years of retirement on the San Bernard River. Leon was preceded in death by his daughter Betty Ballard McCreery and is survived by his wife of 63 years, Maxine, son Bill and wife Mary, son-in-law Frank McCreery, grandchildren Tara Taylor and husband Joey, Ryan McCreery and wife Amber, Kelly McCreery, Scott Ballard, Taylor Ballard and her fiancé Stephen Marsh, great grandchildren Avery and Ashley Taylor, Cadence, Colby and Campbell McCreery. Visitation and funeral services will be held on Monday, February 21, 2011, at the Restwood Funeral Home, 1038 W. Plantation Dr., Clute, TX. Visitation at 9:30AM with funeral service to follow at 10:30. Internment at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston TX, 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, in memory of his daughter, Betty Ballard McCreery. Online condolences may be left at Services under the direction of Restwood Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Clute, Texas.


  • Funeral Service Monday, February 21, 2011
  • Graveside Service Monday, February 21, 2011

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Cathy Debbrecht

February 22, 2011

What wonderful pictures. Leon was obviously much loved. I remember the Bomb Wing reunion and how much he enjoyed seeing his friends and how much they enjoyed him. My deepest sympathy to your family.
Cathy Debbrecht, 73rd Bomb Wing Association

Steve Giese

February 21, 2011

Dear Maxine, Bill and the entire Ballard family, I was very saddened to hear that Leon had passed away. I have so many found memories of Leon and water skiing with Betty. I can't count how many times that Leon, or Bill, helped us out with a cranky boat engine, or just about anything else. The two of them could fix anything, and graciously did so on many occassions. I remember taking the Highbow out in the Gulf to do some shrimping, and Leon came along. The Gulf was pretty rough that day and when the engine failed, I think all 3 of us thought we were going to sink, but Leon, with a cold beer in his hand, never lost his composure or smile. Ah, so many great memories.

I trust and pray that all of the Ballard family and friends are finding peace and joy in Christ as you reflect on the life of a truly amazing man!

His grace to you,

Lynn (Ziemianski) Maunakea

February 21, 2011

My dad, Leo P. Ziemianski, flew with Leon Ballard in the Pacific Theater and through the years spoke about him and Maxine with great fondness. Leon's passing has created an unfillable loss that we all share with his family. We extend our deepest condolences to the family.

Vickie Langley

February 21, 2011

It broke my heart to hear about Leon. He was such a good man, loving husband, caring father, and respected veteran. He also loved the San Barnard but in my heart I know he will be in Heaven with Carl and Betty looking down checking on it regularly. May Gods love and your memories sustain you now and in the future.

John, Penny & Bea Hudson

February 20, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Thomas Moss

February 20, 2011

I'm so sorry to hear this news. Leon was the pilot on my B29 flight crew. He was an excellent pilot and very easy going. I'm attaching a photo from our Colorado Springs reunion, the last time we were with Leon.

Leo P. Ziemianski

February 20, 2011

I served with Leon as navigator on the missions over Japan and am the guy on the left in the photo. I had full confidence in him and would fly in combat with him any day.

Jana Ward Rinehart

February 20, 2011

Leon Ballard and my father Norman "Cali" Ward were great friends in Houston in the 1930's and 40's. On December 6, 1941 they were in Leon's car when they heard on the radio that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. They kept up with each other in the Pacific War and after the war remained close friends. We are so saddened at the loss and have you all in our hearts and prayers. We wish we could be there for Maxine and family. Another true American Hero has died.