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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Deanna Flowers

September 25, 2018

"True love isn't Romeo and Juliet, it's Grandpa and Grandma."

Sharron Weatherman

September 22, 2018

As I shared time at the funeral today, my heart was sincerely touched by the beautiful hymns performed by family. Having known this man and family for so many years he has always been one to touch your heart, right along with wife Ellen, children, etc.
I'm thankful to have watched all these children grow and the lives they have taken because of such great help and example through this wonderful man.
Was so grateful to see this family all together today and see the love and devotion that has kept them together.

Steven Flowers

September 22, 2018

One of my favorite memories is when my grandfather, and my cousin Caleb and I where on a father - son camp out. When we were enjoying the outdoors, and talking. Grandpa asked Caleb and I if we wanted to play poker. The closest thing we had to poker chips was match sticks, we talked played a few rounds, enjoyed tin foil dinners for lunch, and had a great time. I enjoyed the father - son camp outs we went on, and I will treasure those moments forever.

Kathy (Loynes) Hall

September 14, 2018

I met Al at the Yakima Training Center while working with him at MATES for the WAARNG. I enjoyed visiting with him and hearing all the stories about his life and family. He was a jack of all trades and always a gentleman. He was proud of his family and his wife. He will be missed.

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