In Loving Memory…

David R. Ballard

David R. Ballard, Jr., 58, of Sedalia, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017, at his home.

He was born December 6, 1958, in Leavenworth, KS, the son of David Ralph Ballard Sr. and Clara Mae Pate Ballard.

On April 13, 2002, in Georgetown, he was united in marriage to Terri A. Koeller.

He served his country honorably in the U.S. Marines from 1976 to 1979.

He was the owner/operator of Ballard’s Custom Insulation.

David was a car enthusiast; he enjoyed working on cars in the Rusty Steel Rat Rod garage with his boys and teaching them what he knew. He loved the outdoors, fishing and riding horses with his daughter. He was all about family, his community and work. David was a jack of all trades and helped everybody. He was a big believer in taking care of people.

In addition to his wife, Terri; he is survived by five children, James Cunningham (Stephanie), of Sedalia, Brady Cunningham, of Oklahoma City, OK, Josh Ballard, of Sedalia, Shay Cunningham, of Sedalia, and Isabelle Ballard, of the home; a grandson, Oliver Cunningham; siblings, Debbie Callahan, Greg Ballard, Terry Ballard, Lori Grove, Jeff Ballard and Shawn Ballard; and his work family, Austin Lewis, Ishmael Bergonza, Jose’ Hernandez, Jason Miles and Josh Shull.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two siblings, Jeanette Starr and Darrell Ballard.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Heckart Funeral Home, with Jeff Ballard officiating.

Casket bearers will be James Cunningham, Brady Cunningham, Shay Cunningham, Josh Ballard, Josh Shull, Jose Hernandez and Ishmael Bergonza.

Honorary bearers will be his work family.

Burial with full military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery at Crown Hill.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Liberty Center or Remember to Dream Therapeutic Horse Riding, in care of the funeral home.


  1. Martha Sievers Tuggle :

    Teri and Family – – – So sorry to learn of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Martha Sievers Tuggle (formerly with JCPenney)

  2. Terry so sad to hear of his passing. Sending prayers your way.

  3. Greg and Terri Hauser :

    Stephanie, James, Oliver and family, our deepest condolences for your loss. Greg and I are keeping you in our thoughts and in our hearts.

  4. David was a schoolmate at Smithville. Although we lost contact, my memories of his laughter and warm heart remain. Learning of his family and the life he led, while I am sorry for his loss, he’ll live on in the inspiration and love he left with each of you. May God comfort you and give you peace. Pass along his wisdom and love for others.

  5. I considered David an outstanding man and great friend. Praying for peace and comfort for Terri and sons as they mourn the loss of their husband and dad. Love you. ❤️️

  6. Oh no! I’m so sorry I left out Isabelle in my condolences! Prayers for you Isabelle!

  7. Susan Taylor Kildow :

    May the lord comfort you as you grieve and know that prayers are coming your way!! God bless!

  8. My most sincere condolences to the family. David Rest in Peace my sweet friend.

  9. I am so very very sorry for your loss. I pray for you and your family.

  10. Mary Donnell-Brown :

    So sorry for your loss I only saw him a couple of times he did the insulation at our house at Cole camp at least 10 years ago but he seemed very like a very nice trustworthy person thoughts and prayers are with you

  11. pamele lea deuel :

    no more suffering my friend..thank you for being my sons friend many years ago in scouts. he rally loved you for doing that prayers to you Terri Ann

  12. Jeff and Samantha Arnwine :

    So very sorry for your loss, I know words can’t lessen your pain. Just know that we are praying for peace and comfort for the family. He will be missed.

  13. Ginny Zinck and Family :

    Our thoughts and prayers to Terri and family as they get through this difficult time.

  14. Garnetta Sullivan :

    Terri, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for strength and comfort for your family. Hugs.

  15. Carla Matthews :

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband, father, brother and uncle. You are in my prayers

  16. Sorry for your loss. Dave was a good,fair man.

  17. You and your family are in my thoughts. My sympathies to all of you.

  18. Elle Wasson Duggan :

    Dear Terri & Family,
    I was so shocked to see this post this morning and sad for all of you. David was one in a million man and his love for you and those around him always showed through. That is a blessing you will keep forever in your heart.
    Bob always saw that in David and talked of your marriage with happy memories.
    May God wrap his arms around you through all your family and friends today and throughout his difficult time.
    My love to you all.
    Elle Wasson Duggan

  19. Annalee Luper :

    Dear Terri and Family ,Iam so sorry about David May God bless you and your family and may you find comfort in God arms. My love to you all .and sending prayers.

  20. Thoughts and prayers to his family, work family and friends.

  21. Dusty & Rachel Ferrell and Madeline :

    We’re so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  22. Michelle Donath :

    Rest in peace my friend… more pain, no more suffering is a blessing for you and your family. My prayers go to your family and may they find peace in good memories and comfort in knowing you are in God’s hands. Thank you for all you did to help me. I miss you already and will never forget your kindness!

  23. Bob & Wanda Brown :

    Thoughts and prayers to all the Ballard family. Dave was the greatest person to work with. He will be missed.

  24. So sorry for your loss. So thankful for your friendship and kind and caring spirit. Prayers to your family. So blessed to have known you and will carry memories always. Rest in peace my friend.

  25. I am so very sorry to hear of Daves passing. I thought this was him, but did not see a picture until just now. I remember him very fondly from his trips to Casey’s when I worked there. He was a very nice and sincere person and a wonderful customer. He is DEFINITELY one of the customers I had missed since I left there. May GOD grant you peace and comfort during this time.

Leave Condolences

Your condolence will show after it has been approved.