Dennis James Ballard, 59, of Vinton, formerly of Marysville, Ohio, passed away early Monday, July 15, 2013. He was born in Union County, Ohio, a son of Forrest Dale and the late Edith Azile (Reams) Ballard. He was a graduate of Marysville High School in Ohio and the Ohio State School of Cosmetology. Dennis worked and lived in Columbus, Ohio area, and had his own shop on Pine Island, Fla. for several years. Surviving family includes his best friend and life companion, Gary Cooper, of Vinton; father, Forrest Ballard; brothers and sisters, Tom (Mary) Ballard, of Sebring, Fla., Mary (Joe) Rausch, of Broadway, Ohio, Jack (Roberta) Ballard of Jacksonville, Fla., Karen (William) Moore, of Ft. Myers, Fla., Patricia (Jim) Spain, of Freeport, Ohio, Barbara (Bruce) Bowersmith, of Pearland, Texas; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends.
The Cooper Family accepted Dennis like he was one of their own. He helped take care of Gary's mom before her death, and was always thinking of others more than himself. We will all miss him very much.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at the Lotz Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton. The family will receive friends following the service. Online condolences and a live web-cast of the service may be accessed at www.lotzfuneralhomevinton.com