SIDNEY - Charles T. "Charlie" Ballard, 93, of 507 Karen Ave., Sidney, passed away peacefully at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the Heartland of Piqua.
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He was born Oct. 31, 1919, in Blanchester, the son of the late Thamer L. Ballard and Ruth (Irvin) Ballard-Chevez.
On Feb. 21, 1946, he married Elizabeth (Hicks) Ballard in Cincinnati and she survives in Piqua.
Charlie also is survived by his children, Sherry and her husband Jerry Cantrill of Piqua and Sandra and her husband Reno Lippel of St. Johns, Mich.; grandchildren, Chris Cantrill of Piqua, Ami Papadopulo of Columbus, Kelly (Kevin) Karnehm of Urbana, and Cathy (Scott) Boettiger; granddaughter-in-law, Christina Ware of Columbus; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Charlie was preceded in death by one grandson, Staff Sgt. Matthew T. Ware; two brothers; one sister.
Charlie proudly served his country during World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He had an extensive career with the Singer Sewing Company, which began in Cincinnati. Charlie was a manager in several stores throughout Ohio and Kentucky. In 1960, the Singer Company moved Charlie and his family to Sidney. He purchased the dealership and operated the local store until his retirement in 1990 at the age of 71.
Within the last year, Charlie developed a special relationship with the Lord through Chaplain Candy Null of Heartland Hospice of Dayton. Chaplain Null guided Charlie's spiritual walk and lead him to understand and accept Jesus Christ as his savior.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, with Chaplain Candy Null officiating.
Family and friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heartland Hospice of Dayton, 3131 S. Dixie Drive, Dayton, OH, 45439. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Online memories may be expressed to the Ballard family at www.theadamsfuneralhome.com.
Published in Piqua Daily Call on Jan. 29, 2013