Forrest Dale "Red" Ballard, 89, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Nov. 19, 2013, at his home. He was born Jan. 24, 1924, in Madison County, Ohio, to Lewis and Mary (nee: Ingel) Ballard. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army. He worked as a farmer, truck driver and co-owner of Ballard Trucking. He retired from Westreco, a division of Nestle. He moved to St. James City in 1976 where he worked some time on a shrimp boat and then at Quail Run Nursery. He was a member of Fort Ogden United Methodist Church and V.F.W. He loved fishing and playing golf, but most of all reading God's word in his Bible.
He is survived by his loving family, including his wife, Janet Ballard; children, Thomas (Mary Ellen) Ballard, Mary Lee (Joe) Rausch, Jackson (Roberta) Ballard, Patricia (Jim) Spain, Barbara (Bruce) Bowersmith and Karen (William) Moore; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren that loved him dearly; four sisters, Betty Poling, JoAnn Owens, May Parrott, Linda Scottie; and one brother, Jim Ballard.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith Azile Reams Ballard, and son, Dennis Ballard.
Forrest Dale “Red” Ballard
Services were celebrated Saturday, Nov. 23, at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Road, Cape Cora,l with the Rev. Lloyd McClelland, officiating.
Burial with military honors followed the service at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to leave thoughts and memories for his family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory are requested to Tidewell Hospice.