Photo courtesy of Hodges Family Funeral Home - Zephyrhills

John Wells Ballou

Jun 3, 1948 - Jun 1, 2021 (Age 72)

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We have so many wonderful memories of John. When we were much younger, we used to play cards every Saturday night, as the children got older as shared time going to their sporting events. When they were building a house, we all lived together, we vacationed together and when we moved to Florida, they came down to visit and decided they loved it as much as we did. I shall miss our daily phone calls from John B, as our phone called out his name. I shall miss our discussions about Sunday...

You will always be remembered Uncle John! Your memory will forever shine on in our hearts!
Psalm 56:13
For God, who said,
“Let light shine out of darkness,”
made his light shine in our hearts
to give us the light of the
knowledge of God’s glory
displayed in the face of Christ.

Uncle John will be missed forever along with his witty humor... a very special soul that has went to be with the Lord. My thoughts and prayers to you and your entire family, Aunt Diane. You two have always been so wonderful to me! Thank you for all the remarkable things you and John have done to bless my life! The most precious has been pointing me to God. Uncle John was so caring, strong, a delight to be around, and encouraging!

Diane we are sorry to hear about John. John and I sure had good times at work. Glad we were all friends off the job and visited.

I am so terribly sorry that you have lost your beloved John. I always knew you were in such good hands with John by your side. And he still watches over you, just from a different place. Blessings, dear friend.

Thinking of you, Diane, and remembering all the great conversations the three of us had. Also, thanks to John, Country Downs no longer has that ugly AT&T pole in the middle of our entry...and I think of him often as I enter or leave our entrance.

John & Diane during one of their summer trips to the Rocky Mountains.

After we moved to Colorado in ’84, Joe and I enjoyed hikes, picnics and family holiday time together in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. We will miss his great big laugh!

John played a special part in our family, years ago when our son Jake asked to spend an extended period of time in KC. Both John and Diane provided the guidance and structure he was seeking. We are forever grateful.

We’ll miss our dining room table talks about religion, politics, gardening and of...

Rest in peace our thoughtful & kind neighbor.
I will miss your friendly "Hello Miss Rebecca " greetings
We have Diane & family in our thoughts and prayers

Johnny was a always there to lend a hand, watch my boys play football or baseball, to visit my father and mother and to give me support when times were not the best. He would like to talk about the Chief's and Royal's. He was a competitive person. He liked to play basketball, softball and volleyball at family reunions. I remember the red Camaro that Johnny bought after his service at Vietnam. He loved to drive the car and kept if very clean. My thoughts and prayers to Diane and her...


John's Obituary

John Wells Ballou Sr., 72, of Dade City, Florida went to be with the Lord on June 1, 2021. John was born in Nevada, Missouri June 3, 1948, and raised in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  At the age of 17, John joined the United States Navy and served in the Security Forces for the “SEABEE” Naval Construction Battalion.  He was Honorably Discharged on April 23, 1969, after serving two tours in Vietnam earning National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Three Bronze Stars, Fleet Marine Combat Operations Insignia, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device and Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon.   When he returned home he met and married his wife Diane.   John and Diane had three boys, John Jr., Michael, and Steven. John worked for AT&T and retired after 33 years. He was a First Line Construction Manager for the Kansas City Area.  After John retired, John and his wife moved to North Kansas City. John loved to work in his yard using his John Deere riding lawnmower.   John was very involved in each of his son’s sports. He was a proud father who coached while teaching and encouraging his sons to do their best.  Two years ago John and Diane moved to Dade City, Florida where they could enjoy the great Florida weather.   John is preceded in death by his parents; William P. and Mary Ballou, sister, Beverly Ballou, and a nephew Rodney Gerke. John is survived by his wife:  Diane of 50 years and their sons, John, his wife Anna, their children: Chantel, Sadie, Luke, and Aiden; their son Michael; their son Steven, his wife Heather, their children: Faith, Trinity, Eli, Zeke, Grace, Titus, Joy, Silas and Hope. A service will be held at Fort Leavenworth Cemetery in Kansas on June 18, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. with military honors. The family requests that all attending please meet in the parking lot at the visitors center at 1 pm that address is 1 Sherman Ave Leavenworth, Kansas 66027 In lieu of flowers, please donate in John's memory to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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