Resthaven Mortuary & Resthaven Gardens of Memory

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Charles Edward Ballard

March 16, 1938April 20, 2020

Charles Edward Ballard, 82, died suddenly at home in Wellington, Kansas, on Monday, April 20, 2020. He was born March 16, 1938 in Reydell, Arkansas, where he gained a strong work ethic by working on the farm and picking cotton at a young age. Charles had a great love for this country and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne from 1961-1962. After his military years, Charles attended Spartans School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Ok, where he graduated in two years with airplane powerplant and pilot licenses; It was in Tulsa that he met his future wife, Jeanette “Jan” Mahanke. They married on February 5, 1970 in Miami, Oklahoma. Eventually, they would make their way to Wellington, Kansas, where Charles worked for Lamar until he retired.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Jan Ballard in 2015; his parents, Woodrow Wilson and Willie Mae (Collins) Ballard; his brothers, Woodrow Wilson Ballard Jr., Billy Pat Ballard, and Bobby Lee Ballard; and a stepson-in-law, Freddy Grubbs.

Survivors: brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy Earl and Iva Lee (Lathrom) Ballard of Wichita, Kansas; step-children, Pamela (Nimmons) Grubbs of Simpsonville, South Carolina, David R. and Marilyn (Santana) Nimmons of Greenville, South Carolina, Timothy & Sonja (Hye Sun) Nimmons of Kempner, Texas; and Mark Nimmons of Liberty, South Carolina; 8 step-grandchildren, 13 step-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Charlie enjoyed sports, hunting, fishing, and playing cards. He was an avid league bowler for many years. Finally, at the age of 70, he achieved his dream of bowling a perfect game of 300. He loved his family and his animals and enjoyed spending time with them. Memorials may be sent to Wellington Humane Society, 203 W Hillside, Wellington, KS 67152 (620) 440-4375.

A celebration of life will be held at Resthaven Mortuary Chapel, 11800 W Kellogg St, Wichita, KS 67209, on Friday, June 5, at 11 a.m.


5 June

Celebration of Life Service

11:00 am

Resthaven Chapel


Charles Edward Ballard

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Harry Simpson

May 31, 2020

Rest Charles, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Sheila Fletcher Milburn

May 19, 2020

I think that you were the nephew to my grandmother who you enjoyed taking her fishing in Canada. She thought you hung the moon and everyone knew you were her favorite...... Rest in love ❤️

Stephanie Warwick

April 24, 2020

While I was growing up, Uncle Charlie was like an additional dad. Always there with advice, love, and humor. Thank you for some of the best memories. I'll miss hearing the story of "Rindercella" and watching you tell it like no one else could ever do. Love you so much! My heart and prayers go out for all the family. May God's love bring comfort to each one in the form of memories and gentle breezes.

Megan Boggs

April 24, 2020

Great Uncle Charles was one of the sweetest men that I have ever met. He will he missed greatly and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.


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