Donald Don Lee Ballard

April 29, 1929July 1, 2013

Mr. Donald Lee Ballard, age 84, of Lima, left this life on July 1, 2013, at 5:20 a.m., at Kindred Hospital, Lima, Ohio. He was born April 29, 1929, in Lima, to Robert W. and Lucile C. (Siferd) Ballard who preceded him in death.

From prior marriages, he is survived by daughter, Daryl Lou Clark, of Sylva, NC and sons D. Lee (Deb) Ballard, of Lake City, MI, and Gregg (Marlene) Ballard, of Nixa, MO. In 1970 he married Doneta E. (Stewart) Courtney and gained three more sons: David (Jean) Courtney, Daniel Courtney, and James (Michele) Courtney all of Lima. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Ballard was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Lynn Ballard, a daughter-in-law Teresa (Daniel) Courtney, and a brother, William Ballard.

As a child, Mr. Ballard lived and attended public schools in Lakewood, Ohio, until 1945. He then graduated from Lima Central High School in 1947. He was an ambulance driver for Siferd Funeral Homes before entering the U.S. Army in 1951 during the Korean Conflict. He was associated with the family in the Ballard Hardware and then with the Stippich Hardware Co., on Bellefontaine Avenue where he was the manager. After retirement, he was once again associated with Siferd Funeral Homes.

He enjoyed local and civil war history, traveling the 49 states, but loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He had been a longtime member of the Grace United Methodist Church as his grandparents had been part of the founders. He then became a member of Forest Park Methodist Church, where he had been an usher and board member. He was a life member of V.F.W. Post 1275, a member of American Legion Post 96, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Union Veterans and a member of the Lima Area Civil War Study Club. He had formerly been a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #370, Elks Lodge #54, Breakfast Optimist Club and F.O.P.A., where he had been the chaplain.

Funeral services for Mr. Ballard will begin at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home, with Rev. Tim Benjamin officiating. Following services, his funeral procession will take him to Woodlawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Friday, from 4-8 p.m., at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

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  • Visitation Friday, July 5, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, July 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 6, 2013

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July 5, 2013

A great gentleman with a fine family. Our condolences to Jim and Michelle. He will be missed.
Butch & Judy Rahrig

July 4, 2013

I was his neighbor across the street. I was working on a house next door and on a hot day Don would come over with a brown paper bag with a beer in it. He was a great guy and always had an upbeat outlook on life.

Guy Murray ( Cincinnati, Ohio)

Jane Ballard

July 4, 2013

Lee and Gregg, remember the good times and that he is now without pain and in a better place. We'll all miss him but he is now in a much better place. I'm just happy we met last summer and had our talk. Love to all,

Ann & Ron Martin

July 4, 2013

Lee, Deb, Jake, and all the Ballard Family. You are all in our prayers as you morn the loss of Big Don. Although we only had a few opportunities to spend time with Big Don, his stories and humor filled our hearts. Don's smile and cheerfulness was contagious from the first time we met. Ron will forever remember his brave attempts to photograph up close the bear and moose while on their fishing trip in Canada.

Richard Traunero

July 3, 2013

I remember Don from my days in Lima. Always in a cheerful mood and always had a smile. He was a nice man.

Des Miller

July 3, 2013

What a great man. I remember many times he helped guide me to repairs I needed to make. He told me how to repair it and what tools to use. That was customer service that we cannot find today. Thank you, Sir , for all that you did for me.

Ty Moore

July 3, 2013

I was a grocery bagger at Ray's Clocktower Plaza from 2008-2011 and every time Don came in he brightened everyone's day. He'd always say "Hey wanna pull my car around for me? Ah nevermind you'll end up going to Bowling Green or Toledo chasin girls or fishing." Great man who I'll truly miss. R.I.P.

Norm Ballard

July 2, 2013

who could ask for a better uncle and great friend for my summer vacations when I was visiting my grandparents and cousins. Lots of great memories buddy, Thanks for all of them. Truly love you.

July 1, 2013

My favorite cousin + great friends in our high school days. We love you dearly. Cousin Shirley Siferd Hart