OBITUARY

Albert “Al” Joseph Ballard

June 19, 1930September 11, 2018
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Albert “Al” Joseph Ballard, 88, of Yakima, returned to be with his Father in Heaven, Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Al was born June 19, 1930 in Pocatello, Idaho to Dewey and Nellie Ballard.

His growing up years were spent living in Pocatello until the family settled in the Ellensburg, Washington area. He attended Ellensburg High School and as a young man there, he enjoyed playing football, basketball, and baseball.

At the age of 18, Al enlisted in the Marines and served 14 months stationed in Korea. After returning from Korea, he enlisted in the Army National Guard where he retired after 41 years of service. He married the love of his life, Ellen Anderson on December 19, 1957, and after living in various places, they settled in Yakima, Washington. Al and Ellen celebrated 60 years of marriage this past December.

In 1986, Al retired from the Yakima Training Center, Mates Department as a gifted mechanic. Al loved to travel and after his retirement, He and Ellen spent many years traveling throughout the United States.

Al was a Harley Davidson motorcycle and antique tractor enthusiast. He loved his family dearly and loved to spend time with them, especially his 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Right up to his death he was active in Community Service and holding church callings for the Church of Latter-day Saints.

Al is survived by his wife Ellen Ballard, daughters, Shelley Ballard, Kimberly (Wayne) Griffith, and son Albert D. Ballard, his brother Larry (Nona) Ballard and sister Marlene Hinkle, 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents Dewey and Nellie Ballard, sons Joseph Wayne Ballard, Joseph Raymond Powell Ballard; one brother and two sisters.

Al is loved and will be missed by all who knew him. A special thanks to all who cared for him at Astria Regional Medical Center and Willow Springs Convalescent Center.

Funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 105 Hillcrest Drive, on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

To share a memory of Al, please visit www.keithandkeith.com

  • FAMILY

  • Al is survived by his wife Ellen Ballard, daughters, Shelley Ballard, Kimberly (Wayne) Griffith, and son Albert D. Ballard, his brother Larry (Nona) Ballard and sister Marlene Hinkle, 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

    He is preceded in death by his parents Dewey and Nellie Ballard, sons Joseph Wayne Ballard, Joseph Raymond Powell Ballard; one brother and two sisters.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Joseph Ballard
  • Mathew Flowers
  • Steven Flowers
  • Caleb Hills
  • Wayne Griffith
  • Shannon Hudson
  • Michael Gilbert
  • Dylan Ballard, Honorary
  • Dakota Ballard, Honorary
  • Mathew Flowers Jr. , Honorary
  • Lucas Flowers, Honorary
  • Michael Flowers, Honorary

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 22, 2018
REMEMBERING

Albert “Al” Joseph Ballard

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Carmen Ballard

November 13, 2018

Thankful that I was able to know the other Ballard's of Yakima, Al was a compassionate and very sweet person, I really treasured his unexpected calls just to say Hi! and asked how I'm doing? , and always assuring that I'm still part of the family even though my husband Verne already passed, that really touched my heart. Surely you will be missed, and one of the special person that I cherished.
Rest In Peace.

Steven Flowers

November 11, 2018

When I was in elementary school, there was a day set aside for the students to have a day that they could have parents come and enjoy a school Turkey gravy lunch. I had asked grandpa and grandma to come and enjoy lunch with me and see what my school life was like. I loved when I got to have lunch with my grandparents.

Kimberly Griffith

November 7, 2018

Dad always had a love for animals but he had a special place in his heart for dogs especially. Even right up to his death he loved to visit with these special animals.

Kimberly Griffith

November 7, 2018

A humble soldier's respectful farewell to his life long hero, his Grandfather.

Sandra Ballard

November 2, 2018

The first time I saw him, I knew we would get along. He had me laughing so much, about stories, and jokes. He will be miss. Rest in Peace Bert.

Laura Flowers

November 2, 2018

I don't know if I have a favorite memory of grandpa, there were so many. But I guess what I loved about him the most was his love for family. It didn't matter how many grand kids or great grand kids he'd have (this is his 10th grandchild), he was always excited about getting another one & loved them all very much.

Brenda Mendez

November 2, 2018

When my daughter Yolanda was 5 years old, she had to have major surgery on both of her legs. This put her in a wheelchair and unable to get out and do much. One night we heard a knock on the door and when I answered it there was Santa! (Al had dressed up in full Santa suit bearing gifts and all) He had come to visit Yolanda and her sisters. Santa had heard (from our favorite elf Kimberly) that Yolanda was not able to go visit him at the mall so he came to her. She was so excited and we were very blessed. My youngest daughter Monica (she was about 18 months old at the time ) watched his every move and when he came towards her to hand her a gift she screamed and hollered and took off on a high run as fast as her little legs could go! She wanted nothing to do with him. Santa was a good sport though and had a very good laugh.

Sarah Gilbert

November 2, 2018

My grandpa was a mechanic, so it's not surprising that what I know about cars I learned from him. I remember one time, my mom needed to change her tire. I don't recall why frandpa was there, but he was and he showed me and my brother how to properly use a car jack and change a tire. It's a valuable lesson I've used many times in my life and I am so grateful to have had him as my grandpa.

Deanna Flowers

November 2, 2018

The thing I will always remember about my Grandpa is that he was always there. More times than I can count he came to our rescue when our cars broke down. He came to our homes in the middle of the night anytime we called him and needed him for anything. He was the one who gave us Melchizedek Priesthood blessings in the fall every school year. He showed us what it meant to be a spouse, father, grandfather, and friend. I love him and miss him everyday.

Kelly Hudson

October 19, 2018

The earliest memory that I have of Grandpa is when he was working as a long haul trucker. When there were local hauls, the grand kids were allowed to ride with him. I don't remember where we went or how long the trip was, I just remember being so excited to get to ride with Grandpa!! I loved being able to to take trips with him. We talked, and joked and shared his Lemon Drops. There have been many trips since: Going to Seattle to help Kim and my brothers with a flat tire, to Ellensburg for my Patriarchal blessing, to Oregon for my eye surgeries, He even drove me back to college while my car wasn't working. I'll always cherish those trips.