Michael Ross Ballard
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Michael Ross Ballard

January 14, 1954 - August 26, 2009

Michael Ross Ballard

January 14, 1954 - August 26, 2009

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Obituary for Michael Ross Ballard

MICHAEL ROSS BALLARD, 55, of Paris, passed from this life on Wednesday August 26, 2009 at his residence. A memorial service in honor of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday August 31, 2009 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home with Rev. Van Lazaroff officiating.

Friends may greet the family for one hour prior to the service.

Following cremation arrangements, his remains will be inurned in the DFW National Cemetery.

Mike was born January 14, 1954 in San Diego, California. He was a graduate of California schools, then moved to Paris in the early 1980’s, working for Babcock & Wilcox, then at Campbell’s Soup Company, where he became a leader mechanic. He retired from Campbell’s Soup in 2009 after twenty years of service. He was an avid motorcyclist and loved nature and animals, especially his dog Chopper. From a young age he was a talented handyman, and could repair most anything.

He is survived by a daughter Dawn Hardin and husband Dave, of Dubuque, Iowa; a granddaughter, Renee Hardin; his mother, Jean Smeltzer, of Denton; and his father, James Ballard and wife Alberta, of Sacramento, California.

He was preceded in death by his step-father Ronald Lee Smeltzer.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to Christians in Action, or to the charity of one’s choice.


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