Ronald E. Ballard “RB” 83, passed away at Albany Medical Center, Albany, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.
He was born August 27, 1928 in Torrington, Connecticut, the son of Edward Smith Ballard and Doris “Sims” Ballard.
Ronnie moved to Roxbury in 1937 and graduated from Roxbury Central School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Flora Wright January 3, 1970 in Roxbury.
Ronnie was the owner-operator of a salvage yard.
He enjoyed postcards and antique cars. He also made artwork out of scrap metal for the Arts Group, family and friends. You may have seen him with a rake or other tools at Kirkside Park, just doing a little beautification, or at the local coffee shops catching up with friends. His quiet demeanor and love of others will be missed. He was a great historian, if you needed to know history, just call Ron Ballard.
Surviving are his wife, Flora Ballard of 41 years; brother, James Ballard, of New Orleans; sisters-in-law, Patricia Snyder, Bonnie (Andrew) Curcurato, and Marlene Wright; brothers-in-law, Earl Jr. (Barbara) Wright, Burr and Byron Wright; nieces, Barbara (David) Losee, Tricia (Richard) Davis and Evette (Ralph) Garofolo.
He was predeceased by brothers, Richard and Frank; sisters, Roberta Weider and Linda and brother-in-law, Gerald L. Wright.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov., 14 at 11 a.m. at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church, Roxbury with Rev. Richard Dykstra officiating. Burial was in the Roxbury Cemetery.
Calling hours were from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.
Donations in memory of Ronald Ballard may be made to the Roxbury Ambulance Fund.
Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.