OBITUARY

Donald "Don" Lester Ballagh

November 22, 1946April 25, 2021
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Donald “Don” Lester Ballagh, age 74, of Oxford, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021. Cherishing his memory are his wife: Connie (nee Mills) Ballagh; his four children: Becky (Rob) Mullen, Jodi (Scott) Johnson, Chris (Selina) Ballagh, and Carrie (Ron) Lamarand; his eleven grandchildren: Jeremy Mullen, Andrea (Devon) Sturgis, Katie Mullen, Marissa (Brandon) Stumbo, Noah Johnson, Nate Johnson, Logan Ballagh, Carson Ballagh, Easton Ballagh, Garrett Lamarand, and Kennedy Lamarand.

Don was born November 22, 1946, in Pontiac, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Lester Dean and Doris Lorraine (nee Papke) Ballagh. He and Connie Ruth Mills were married on October 14, 1967. Don attended Northwood University, and went on to study accounting at the Pontiac Business Institute, graduating in 1968. From June of 1969 until March of 1971, Don proudly served his country in the United States Army. During his time with the Army, he worked as a journal clerk and served in the 28th Artillery Group on the Selfridge Air Force Base in Harrison Township. Upon his honorable discharge, Don started Greater American Landscape Company, which he co-owned and operated with his brother, Larry. He then went on to own and operate the Leonard Country Mill in Oakland County. After many years he transitioned into his excavating business, which later became Don L. Ballagh & Son Excavating when his son Chris joined him.

Don enjoyed the outdoors, hunting with his buddies in the U.P. and Alaska, as well as "dinking" around on his little hobby farm. His greatest joy in life was his grandkids and the time he spent with his family. He is most admired though, for his great love and devotion to his wife Connie as he so tenderly cared for her. He was a very humble man who served others, but first and foremost his Lord and Savior.

Don was preceded in death by his parents: Lester and Doris; and his brother: Larry D. (Pat) Ballagh.

Memorial Visitation will be held Monday, May 3, 2021 from 2:00pm until the time of the Memorial Service at 4:00pm at Five Points Community Church, 3411 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills (Masks and Social Distancing Required). Inurnment at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

Those desiring to make a contribution in memory of Don may do so to Christ’s Hope International’s Becca Prange Ministry Center, www.christshope.org/don-ballagh, PO Box 2238, Traverse City, Michigan 49685.

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Robin Darnall

May 3, 2021

My uncle Don was the most loving person. I’m not a blood niece ( Larry was my stepdad) but he always made me feel like I belonged in the family. I can see the smile on his face he would have when I saw him. Uncle Don did all the excavating when we build our house. He always let my kids ride with him in the big tractors , which they loved. Unfortunately we didn’t see uncle Don real often, even though we are the next city over. I will miss my uncle Don. I loved him so much, wish I had said it one more time to him. He is with God now, what a wonderful place to be.

Pauline Blanka

April 29, 2021

Dear Connie, We go way back. I remember Don working for B & B and when he owned the mill in Leonard. We, too, share memories. Being a widow is hard. The book I found most helpful was by Lynn Ebb called "When God and Grief Meet". May the Lord help you as deal with this loss. Pauline Blanka

Janice Ryan

April 28, 2021

We are so sorry to hear that my dear cousin Don has passed. We had many fun times when we were kids going to the U.P. on vacation, spending time at the lake in Orion, and lots of fun climbing a tree with my brother Dick and Don's brother Larry. So many good memories!
Connie and family are all in our prayers and may your special memories help you through this very sad time, and give you comfort in the days ahead. R.I.P. Don.

Janice and Jack Ryan

Don Pottenger

April 28, 2021

I first met Don and Connie at Five Points Community Church. They became Joyce’s and my closest friends over the years. My best memory was our weekend trip to Mackinaw Island. It had taken many months to convince Don to take a few days off work to go, but after doing it he was so glad he did. Don was always there for us not only giving a helping hand, but also providing me with true Christian friendship. Brother you will be greatly missed. Now you and Joyce are swimming in the ocean of God’s love together and will forever.

Cindy Lindahl

April 27, 2021

I will always cherish my memories of being so excited when Uncle Don would come to visit at our house when I was a little girl. He was fun, kind and caring and a great sport for pranks. And oh so handsome. Funny the things we remember when little. Rest in peace Uncle Don until we meet again.

Bobbie Vaught

April 27, 2021

My husband and I will always remember our good neighbor just down the road from us. We watched our kids grow up together and could always count on Don for a helping hand no matter what time of day or night.
We’ll always have only the warmest memories of this dear man.
Enjoy your new life, Don.
To the family, may you all find comfort from the One who watches over all of us.

Terri Cameron

April 27, 2021

I learned a lot about love from Don. As his health waned he wanted to make sure we knew he loved us. He will be greatly missed. Heaven got a good one on April 25. Thank you God for Don. Prayers for Connie and their beautiful family that served Don with such grace and compassion.

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