Retired missionary and instructor Monte Lee Ballard passed away comfortably in his home January 3, 2022 at the age of 67 after his courageous battle with ALS.
Monte said, “ He was born at a very young age” in Burlington, Iowa, to the parents of Bettymae and Clarence Ballard on April 11, 1954. He graduated from Mediapolis High School in Mediapolis, IA, then obtained his Associates of Arts from DMACC in 1974. He then did a variety of jobs including, but not limited to, plumbing/electrician, free lance artwork, missionary, and an instructor.
He met Carol (Hauck) while working at Land O’Lakes-Felco as a commercial artist. They were married May 22, 1976 followed by a 6 month honeymoon trip around the western United States and parts of Canada. Monte and Carol had two children, Jon and Rachelle. Throughout his life he enjoyed many hobbies such as building/constructing projects, hunting, traveling, fishing, scuba-diving, teaching, as well as spending time with his loved ones, his family and many friends.
Monte had particular words of wisdom and legacies that his family will continue to remember. Here is one, “Some people dream their lives away but we (Carol and I) chose to live our dream.” Among the many loves of Monte’s life, he was passionate about teaching and helping others; also of encouraging and building up others. He was always willing to give extra time or work for the benefit of others. Integrity, honesty, perseverance, genuineness, generosity, humor, story-telling, creativity and love for God were evidenced throughout his life.
Monte is survived by his wife, Carol ,and their children Jon (Sara) of Polk City, Rachelle of Ankeny; grandchildren Jazzy, Triton and Ruby; two sisters Becky Howe of Cedar Rapids and Sharlene (Mike) Melsha of Cedar Rapids. He was preceded in death by his mother Bettymae Ballard and grandparents Art and Ethel Howe.
Funeral Services will be held on January 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at First Family Church in Ankeny. Monte’s request was to have his remains buried on family property. Following the service, a meal will be provided for all. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to “Friends of Runa Simi” (Peru mission group) or/and First Family Church in Ankeny.
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