John R. Ballard, former justice of the peace and community leader in Cherokee Village, died July 25, 2003, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. He was 85.
Ballard was justice of the peace from Cherokee Village, serving nine years on the Sharp County Quorum Court where he pushed for better accounting practices by the county. Prior to that he served as president of the Cherokee Village Suburban Improvement District Board of Commissioners for five years.
Ballard was born Jan. 4, 1918, at Vincennes, Ind., the first of five children of Pearl and Conner Ballard. In 1922 the family moved to the small coal mining town of Bicknell, Ind., where Ballard's father opened a Ford automobile dealership. Ballard received his early education at the Bicknell Public Schools, and graduated from high school in 1935. He attended Purdue University and Vincennes University and earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Ballard served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II for four years, including two and one-half years in North Africa as a communications officer in the Air Transport Command. He retired with the rank of major.
During his military travels he met Ellen Hopen who was serving as a civilian employee in the American Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. They were united in marriage at Elkton, Md., Oct. 4, 1945. The couple had four children.
He joined the International Harvester Company in 1947 as an accountant at its plant in Stockton, Calif. He was promoted to internal auditor and transferred to Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1952. In 1959 he was named supervisor of manufacturing audits and transferred to the company's headquarters in Chicago. He became corporate manager of internal auditing in 1963 and became vice president and comptroller of the company's Wisconsin Steel Division. Later he was named assistant to the corporate vice president and comptroller. He retired from International Harvester in 1979.
Ballard was active in many civic and business organizations. He was elected the the District 88 High School Board and served as its president. He served on the DuPage County Board of School Trustees for 12 years, the last four as president. In 1971 he was elected president of the Institute for Internal Auditors, a professional association with more than 50,000 members. He held Certificate Number 1 as a certified internal auditor. He received the institute's Thurston Award, Distinguished Service Award and Bradford Cadmus Award, the highest honor the institute gives to an individual in the profession.
The Ballards moved to Cherokee Village in 1980 and joined Spring River Presbyterian Church, where John Ballard served as elder and treasurer. He was president of Cherokee Village Property Owners Association for two terms. He was also president of Cherokee Village Players for two terms. He was appointed to the Business Advisory Council at Lyon College, resigning after nine years. In 1992 he was elected to the Sharp County Quorum Court and served nine years. He was treasurer of the North Sharp County Ministerial Alliance.
Ballard is survived by his wife, Ellen; a son, Neal Ballard of Vancouver, Wash.; two daughters -- Julie Sagatov of Fairfax, Va., and Nancy Ballard of Trophy Club, Texas; grandchildren -- Yuri Sagatov of Arlington, Va., Dimitri Sagatov of Fairfax, Va., and Matthew Ballard of Trophy Club, Texas; and a sister, June Moller of Wichita Falls, Texas.
He was preceded in death by a son, John Ballard Jr., in 1994.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. July 30 at Spring River Presbyterian Church in Hardy with the Rev. Bill Branch officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Spring River Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Tri-County Cherokee Chapel of Highland.