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Robert Dean Ballard, age 79 of Grand Haven passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019. Bob was born October 20, 1939 to Leon and Delena (Land) Ballard in Beedeville, Arkansas.
He moved to Grand Haven at the age of 13, and worked many years for M & S Tool & Die and then at Charter House Innovations in Zeeland until December of 2018. Bob was an avid bowler, had participated in many leagues at Starlite Lanes, played and coached softball and enjoyed working in his vegetable garden.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Juanita (Smith) Ballard; son, Ron (Tammy) Ballard; daughter, Roberta (Terry) Maynard; grandchildren: Katie (Jessie) Kludy, Sarah (Adam) Hecksel, Brittany Burkhardt, Brendan Ballard; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Pouch and John Kludy; sister, Nedra Holder of Batesville, Arkansas; brother, James Neal Ballard of Batesville, Arkansas; in-laws: Christine McCabe, Maxine Gaines, Lula Manchester, Paula Bowman, Paul Smith, Max Smith; several nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Richard Barrett and Pete Bennett. He was preceded in death by four brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.
A Visitation for Bob will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Klaassen Family Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
American Cancer Society-Michigan
129 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids MI 49503