Donald Ballard


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Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2013, 9:21 am
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Donald M. Ballard, 88, of Moline, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.
Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. Visitation is today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Moline Memorial Park Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Moline American Legion Post 246.
Donald was born Nov. 11, 1924, in Rock Island, the son of Jesse G. and Elizabeth Mosher Ballard. He married Verna J. Wells on Sept. 13, 1947, in Iowa City, Iowa. She preceded him in death on Feb. 22, 2003.
Donald served his country in the Army during World War II as a member of the 771st Field Artillery and was a Defender of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge.
He was owner-operator of Don's TV Repair, Moline, and later was employed at the Rock Island Arsenal for 30 years, retiring as a property disposal officer, on Oct. 22, 1982.
Donald loved to golf and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and antiquing.
Survivors include his daughter, Sharon Genung, Moline; sons and daughter-in-law, Alan and Debbie Ballard, Moline, and Dean Ballard, Parkview; grandchildren, Amanda, Travis and Jason; and great-grandchildren, Lexie, Addison, Keith, Zane and Amanda.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Verna; and brother, Bob Ballard.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.deroofuneralhome.com.







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