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Ballard Robert Ballard, age 96, of Plain City, Ohio, passed peacefully from the loving arms of his family to the arms of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. He was born November 14, 1920 in Madison County, Ohio to the late George and Minnie (Becker) Ballard. Bob's passion for farming and caring for his family started at the age of 12 when his father passed away. He and his beloved wife Mary (Scheiderer) who preceded him in death April 27, 2011, worked together to build a successful and productive farm until his forced retirement in 1970. He and Mary visited 49 of the 50 States in their GMC and Air Stream motor homes and had countless friends in Ohio and Florida where they spent their winters. Their three grandchildren were precious to them. They traveled every holiday to be together throughout the years. In 1997, he along with his close neighbors made it possible for their farms to be part of what is now Glacier Ridge Metro Park on Hyland Croy Road. They all wanted their farms to be a place that the community could visit with their families and enjoy the land that they so loved every day. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and River Ranch Chapel in Lake Wales, FL. He is survived by his devoted children, Robert Jr. (Marion) Ballard of McArthur, Janice (Alyn) Pruett, Miami, FL; grandchildren, Christine (James) Ballard Shuff of London, Christopher Pruett of Miami, FL, Emily (fiance', Adam McCormick) Pruett of Baltimore, MD; great-grandchild, Maxwell Shuff of London; sister, Mary M. Andrews of Athens; sisters-in-law, Ruth Neill of Deltona, FL, Julia (Keith) McCoy of Marysville; also many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 202 E. Main St. (St. Rt. 161 W), Plain City to share fond memories. Funeral Service to celebrate Robert's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday April 23, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 7960 St. Rt. 38, (Chuckery) Milford Center, Ohio 43045 officiated by Pastor Paul Schlueter. Burial will be in Dublin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Pre-School. Visit fergusonfuneralhomeinc.com to share a special memory.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 21, 2017
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