Ballard, Melvin Arthur (May 2, 1903 - November 12, 1993)

Melvin A. Ballard

Douglas Budget - November 17, 1993

Funeral services for Melvin Arthur Ballard, 90, were held Nov. 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Douglas, with Reverend Bill Moore officiating. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mr. Ballard died Nov. 12, 1993, at the Converse County Memorial Hospital in Douglas.

He was born May 2, 1903, in Pomeroy, Wash., the son of Daniel William and Mary Elizabeth (Markel) Ballard. As an infant his parents moved to Kansas, where he received his elementary education. In 1917 they moved to Wyoming to homestead in the Dry Creek area north of Douglas. He graduated from the Douglas High School in 1922. He was married to Anna Louise Schick on June 1, 1937, in Denver. He worked in the Salt Creek Oil Fields, and then owned and operated an independent dirt contracting business. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Anna, of Douglas; two daughters, Sharon Willford formerly of Saratoga, Wyo., now of Saint James City, Fla., and Linda Bourret of Moran, Wyo.; one sister, Mabel Dixon of Grand Ronde, Ore.; one grandson, Wade Willford of Saint James City, Fla.; two granddaughters, Wendy Willford Beattie of Lander, and Sherry Willford of Fresno, Calif.; two great-grandsons, Ryan and Mark Beattie of Lander; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Emmett, Carroll and Daniel Otis Ballard.

Serving as pallbearers were Gerald Hoffman, Jim Fitzhugh, George Riehle, Jim Nachtman, C.T. Akers and Glen Russell. Serving as honorary pallbearers were all of his many friends.

A memorial to the choice of the donor would be appreciated by the family.

The Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.


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