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Richard B. Ballance

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

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Richard B. Ballance, 74, of Beardstown, Ill., died Friday evening, Oct. 27 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
He was born Nov. 9, 1931 in Springfield, the son of H.U. "Skinny" and Dorma Jean Hill Ballance. He married Shirley Reed on Nov. 29, 1953 in Decatur, Ill.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Ballance of Beardstown; two sons, David L. Ballance of Bluff Springs, Ill. and Andy Ballance of Frederick, Ill.; two daughters, Elaine "Lany" Ballance-Wurmnest (husband Charlie Wurmnest) and Julie A. Ballance, both of Eureka Springs; seven grandchildren, April Ballance of Beardstown, Heather Ballance of Tinley Park, Ill., Sgt. Robert Aron Ballance of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Amy Clark of Tampico, Ill., Gary Ballance of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Josh Hoke and Derek Ballance, both of Eureka Springs; six great grandchildren, Schyler and Seana Clark, Jaden Ksenich, Haley Middleton, Lee Hoke and Richard Scott Ballance; and one brother Ronald L. (wife Barbara) Ballance of Oakley, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ballance graduated from Decatur High School in 1949.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1949 until 1952, serving with the Fifth Marine Regiment where he participated in the landing at Inchon, Korea during the Korean Conflict. He returned to Decatur, Ill. and graduated from Millikin University with a degree in education. He taught Industrial Arts, Vocational Education and Drivers' Education at Sibley Ashland, and Beardstown High Schools. He also coached track, baseball and basketball, was Student Council Advisor and Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (V.I.C.A.) sponsor, and served as Assistant Principal at Beardstown High School.

Ballance was greatly involved in the Beardstown community where he was a member of Kiwanis Club. He was a current member and served on the Cass County Board for 25 years.

In his spare time, Ballance was an avid radio-controlled model airplane hobbyist. His family, his country and his faith were his foremost priorities. His enthusiasm, honesty, dependability,and his jovial sense of humor are among his many favorable traits which will be sorely missed.

Funeral services for Ballance were held Oct. 31 at the First Christian Church in Beardstown. Cremation rites were accorded after the funeral.

Memorials have been suggested to the "R.B. Scholarship Fund." Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at <sagerfh@casscomm.com>.