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Robert S. Ballard

Born: Sun., Nov. 15, 1925
Died: Sat., Jun. 23, 2012


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 28, 2012
Location: Demaray Funeral Service - Shoshone Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jun. 29, 2012
Location: Shoshone First Baptist Church

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Robert S. Ballard
     Robert S. Ballard, 86, a resident of Shoshone, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 23, 2012 at his home in Shoshone.
     Robert was born in Dietrich, Idaho November 15, 1925 to Frank Stephan and Caroline Mathis Ballard.  He married Arlene Kerner on December 15, 1956 at the Gooding United Methodist Church in Gooding, Idaho.
     Robert graduated from Dietrich High School in 1944, and served his country in the United States Navy during World War II, on the USS Cortland in the Pacific Theater as Seaman First Class.  He received the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.  He was honorably discharged on March 2, 1946.
     Robert worked for 46 years for the American Falls Canal Company as a maintenance supervisor.
     Robert was a true sportsman; he loved fishing and hunting and had first hand knowledge of the best trout streams in the Magic Valley.  His greatest joy was his garden.  He spent hours working in the garden and enjoyed giving away vegetables to his friends.
     Robert was also a faithful member of the Shoshone United Methodist Church for 55 years.
     Robert is survived by his wife of 55 years, Arlene Ballard, of Shoshone, Idaho; 1 son, Ralph (Monica) Ballard, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and 3 granddaughters; Mary, Rita, and Vera Ballard.  Also surviving Robert are 2 sisters; Reta Conner, of Tucson, Arizona, and Esther Galloway, of Fallbrook, California.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister.
     The family wishes to thank their dearest friend Carmen Steele for her help and loving care for Robert.  The family also wishes to thank Hospice Visions, Dr. John Gies, and the staff of Associates in Family Practice for their care, compassion, kindness, and love showed to Robert during his illness.
     The family requests memorial donations in Robert’s name be made to the Shoshone United Methodist Church, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
     Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Demaray Funeral Service – Shoshone Chapel.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, June 29, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, 205 5th Ave. E. in Shoshone, with Pastor Jeffrey Rickman of the Shoshone United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will follow at the Shoshone Cemetery.
     Arrangements are under the direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Shoshone Chapel.

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Leah Fixsen
   Posted Tue June 26, 2012
Arlene and Ralph,

My prayers and thoughts go out to you at this time of sorrow. Bob was always such a nice person to visit with. May the great memories from all the wonderful yrs help to get you thru this difficult time.

M. Brookbank
   Posted Tue June 26, 2012
Bob was always fair and just in his directions when I worked for him with the canal company. Along with C. Bate, Billie Reisinger and others, we let off 45 cases of dynamite in one blast when we built the Richfield diversion way back when. Bob sometimes talked about that blast and the big rocks flying every which directions. Enjoyed knowing Bob over these many years. He will be surely missed by many.

Cindy Hicks Heiken
   Posted Tue June 26, 2012
Arlene and family. We alway's enjoyed Bob's visits,especially my Dad. He loved to have coffee wit Bob and tlak about fishing and old car's. They spent many a good time together. may God bless you during this time. I will see you on Friday. Please call if you need anything,@544-2444. Don and Cindy Heiken

Chuck and Donna Hendricks
   Posted Fri June 29, 2012
Arlene and Ralph and family:
We just learned of Bob''s passing from Glenn and Carolyn Bradley. We are sorry to hear the sad news, and our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.

Jean Kelley Smith
   Posted Fri June 29, 2012
Sad to hear of the loss of Bob. May the happy memories of your years together bring you comfort. Jack and Jean.

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