LIMA — Donald Lee Ballard, 84, 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 a daughter, Daryl Lou Clark, of Sylva, N.C.; and sons, D. Lee Ballard, of Lake City, Mich., and Gregg Ballard, of Nixa, Mo. In 1970, he married Doneta E. Stewart Courtney, and gained three more sons, David Courtney, Daniel Courtney and James Courtney, all of Lima. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Ballard was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Lynn Ballard; and a brother, William Ballard.
As a child, Mr. Ballard lived and attended public schools in Lakewood, until 1945. He then graduated from Lima Central High School in 1947. He was an ambulance driver for Siferd Funeral Homes before entering the Army in 1951, during the Korean War. 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 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275, and a member of American Legion Post 96, the Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of the Union Veterans. He had formerly been a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 370, Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge 54, Breakfast Optimist Club and the Fraternal Order of Police Association, where he had been the chaplain.
Funeral services for Mr. Ballard will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home. Pastor Tim Benjamin will officiate. Following services, his funeral procession will take him to Woodlawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home .
Condolences may be expressed online at siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com.
Donald Lee Ballard
U.S. armed forces veteran