Forrest Dale “Red” Ballard, 89, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at his home.
He was born Jan. 24, 1924, in Madison County, Ohio, to Lewis and Mary (nee Ingel) Ballard.
Red was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He worked as a Farmer, a Truck Driver and co-owner of Ballard Trucking. Red retired from Westreco, a division of Nestle. He moved to St. James City, Fla., in 1976, where he worked some time on a shrimp boat and then at Quail Run Nursery. Red was a member of Fort Ogden United Methodist Church and the VFW. He loved fishing and playing golf, but most of all reading God’s word in his Bible.
Red 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; four great-great-grandchildren who loved him dearly; four sisters, Betty Poling, JoAnn Owens, May Parrott and Linda Scottie; and one brother, Jim Ballard. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith Azile Reams Ballard; and son, Dennis Ballard.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., with services to be celebrated at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, FL 33991, with the Rev. Lloyd McClelland officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow 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 may be made to Tidewell Hospice.