Richard B. Ballance

Thursday, November 2, 2006

RICHARD B. BALLANCE, 74, of Beardstown, Ill., died Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill.

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 Beards?town; two sons, David L. Ballance of Bluff Springs and Andy Ballance of Frederick; two daughters, Elaine "Lany" Ballance-Wurmnest (husband Charlie Wurmnest) and Julie A. Ballance, both of Eureka Springs, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Josh Hoke and Derek Ballance, both of Eureka Springs; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ronald L. (wife Barbara) Ballance of Oakley, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Ballance graduated from Decatur High School in 1949. He then 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 and graduated from Millikin University with a degree in education. Mr. Ballance taught Industrial Arts, Vocational Education, and Drivers' Education at Sibley, Ashland, andBeardstown High Schools. During his teaching career 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. He spent several summers managing the local swimming pool and was involved with the Summer Park Program in Beardstown.

After his retirement he was the Attendance Officer for the Regional Superintendent of Schools. He was a current member and served on the Cass County Board for 25 years. He was also a member of the Morgan-Cass-Scott Board. He was a charter member of the Ashland Lions Club.

Funeral services for Richard Ballance will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, at the First Christian Church in Beardstown with Mike Courson officiating. Cremation rites were accorded after the funeral service.

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.