James R. Ballard

James R. Ballard

March 22, 1964 – February 29, 2020


Preceded in death by parents, Charlotte and Bert Ballard; sister, Joyce; brother, Ron; and father-in-law, Clarence Dressman.  Survived by wife, Lora F.; son, Adam Ballard; daughter, Rachel Ballard; grandson, Samuel Ballard; brothers: Bob (Linda), Dave (Connie), Lee (Nancy) and Keith (Kathy); sister, Sheila Hentges (George); mother-in-law, Marceil Dressman; brothers-in-law, Butch Kehe and Steve Dressman (Teresa); sisters-in-law, Jean Ballard and Diane Bauer (Jason); nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Family will receive friends Friday, March 6th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, March 7th, 10am, St. John Vianney Catholic Church (5801 Oak Hills Dr.)  GRAVESIDE SERIVCE: Saturday, 1:30pm, Resurrection Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.







  • Sandra and Gary MacKeen Posted March 2, 2020 6:55 pm

    Dear Dave and Family
    Our hearts are with you and your family at this very difficult time. With our deepest sympathies and love.
    Sandra and Gary MacKeen

  • Julie Haner Posted March 3, 2020 5:48 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jim for over 30 years and he was always a pleasure to work with. I hope your memories comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Steven gray Posted March 3, 2020 6:52 am

    I’m really sad and pray for Lora May she have the strength. RIP Jimbo you will be missed greatly.

  • Joan Heath Posted March 3, 2020 11:39 am

    I worked with Jim for several years, he was a wonderful person to be around each day. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Donna Jackley Posted March 3, 2020 1:08 pm

    Such a beautiful family. Jim’s passing such a great loss. I hope his spirit lives on in the lives he touched Lora my heart is with you & your family.

  • Donna Jackley Posted March 3, 2020 4:38 pm

    Lora this is so hard to believe. . So very sorry for your great loss. What a beautiful family you & Jim have together. He will always be with you.

  • Kirk Estergaard Posted March 3, 2020 5:20 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the family. I knew Jim from our time at Western Iowa Tech and careers at Mutual of Omaha on through attending our children’s events at Millard South. Jim always had a smile and was so cheerful – he will be missed.

  • Leanne and Dean Birkheimer Posted March 3, 2020 7:59 pm

    Our deepest condolences for the loss of a fine man. We will always remember Jim with great fondness. He was so well respected at Mutual….for us he will always the Dad at the ballgame who was good to all the kids..

  • David Blakeslee Posted March 5, 2020 7:10 am

    I will miss Jim, his genuine caring and uplifting smile. Much love and sympathy to the Ballard family.

  • Mike Crozier Posted March 6, 2020 4:02 am

    My sympathies to the Ballard family. I knew Jim from Mutual of Omaha and golfing in Okoboji. I still remember the time when Jim and Mike Mainelli came down to Texas for some spring golf and it snowed. Jim simply smiled and said no more trips to Texas for spring golf. Rest in piece my friend.

  • Mike Hanshaw Posted March 6, 2020 2:33 pm

    I would like to pass along my condolences to Jim’s family. I worked with Jim at Mutual of Omaha many years ago and remember him as being a great guy to work with. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  • Ruth (Becker) Leininger Posted March 6, 2020 2:36 pm

    I opened the Omaha World Herald, and saw the obituary notice that Jim had passed away. I have not seen him since high school. He was a good friend and neighbor growing up in a small town. I will remember playing softball in the open lot across the street and school dances. My condolences to his family and friends.

  • Karen LeClair Posted March 7, 2020 7:26 am

    I am so sorry for your loss! I use to teach your son Adam when I worked at kindercare.. He was always a kind soul. May your hearts be filled with happy
    Karen LeClair

  • Chris Hull Posted March 10, 2020 8:33 am

    I have lasting memories of Jim always being a great guy from the years he coached us in little league. I always appreciated how he treated us. I’m sorry for your loss, and I wish you the best in these hard times.

  • Terry Harold Posted May 7, 2020 1:43 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know Jim from work at Mutual of Omaha, he was always available to help and was so easy to work with. Jim was a good guy and he’ll definitely be missed

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