Our Staff


Staff members of Ballard and Sons Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff. Though many are part time assistants, all have experienced a "higher" calling into the ministry of funeral service and all are keenly aware of their ability to serve those in need. "We believe many can do this work, but few are called."

George Ballard

George Ballard

Founder 1917-1988

George M. Ballard had worked for many years in the New Castle area. He was a graduate of New Castle High School and the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis. 

He was a member of the Middletown Fire Department, the Middletown Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, and had worked for over 40 years as a funeral director. 

He fought a long battle with cancer passing away in 1988. He cared for people and loved his family. He taught us how to care for people and we are grateful.


Dorothea Ballard

Dorothea Ballard

Co-Founder

Dorothea Ballard is a native of Merrill, Wisconsin. She graduated Franklin Blvd. School of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois and worked for many years as a Registered Nurse. She is a member of the Womens Club of Middletown, the Psi Iota Xi Soreity, the Middletown United Methodist Church, and President of the Womens Circle of the church. She is a member of the Middletown Order of the Eastern Star and Middletown Fall Creek Historical Association. She has served on the Henry County Mental Health Board, the Dietrich Memorial Park Board of Directors, the Henry County Health Board and many other organizations. She continues to stay active in the community and swims three times a week at Live-Rite Health Club in Anderson. She continues to be actively involved in the funeral home and loves helping people. She has become active in the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene where her son is Senior Pastor. She celebrated her 100th birthday in June of this year and is still active in the family ministry today.

Telephone: 1-765-354-2056


Gina Ballard

Gina Ballard

Business Manager

Gina is a 1977 graduate of Shenandoah High School and a 1981 graduate of Indiana Business College. She had worked for over ten years in the clerical departments of the Center for Mental Health in Anderson and was Operations Manager for Emergency Medical Transport Ambulance in Muncie for two years.

 She has been active in school functions including the Shenandoah Elementary Mothers Club and assisted in it's creation in the Middle School. She and her husband Marty work together in ministry at the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene in Yorktown, IN where he is Senior Pastor. She was also the adult coordinator for three teen Work and Witness trips for the TeeNaz youth group in Middletown, IN. 

Gina and Marty have been married 34 years and have two children. Their son Ryan is a Paramedic with Wayne Township Fire Department and also serves in Henry County. Ryan is currently in mortuary school as well to begin his venture in the family business. Ryan's wife Tracy is an emergency room nurse at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. They recently had their first child in September, Kennedy Madeline Ballard. 

Kayla, is a licensed addiction counselor in Indiana. She also is very involved in music ministry. Her husband Tim is a flight nurse with PHI stat flight, and is a Henry County Paramedic. Tim also flies with Grace on Wings, a medical transportation ministry out of Indianapolis.

"Celebrating a life through a service is so important and valuble for growth. Funerals are a celebration and I believe strongly in celebrating a life. I believe God is using me to reach out to those who are grieving and give them support by my witness. I have always believed that it is an honor to do what our family does."

Telephone: 1-765-354-9217

Email: glynneballard@comcast.net


George (Marty) Ballard, BA, MPC

George (Marty) Ballard, BA, MPC

Funeral Director/Co-owner

Marty is a 1975 graduate of Shenandoah High School. He recieved his B.A. in Business in 1979 from Hanover College, and his Associate Degree of Applied Science in Mortuary Science from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1981. He attended Christian Theological Seminary and received his Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Olivet Nazarene University in 1998. He is an ordained elder and currently serves the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene in Yorktown, IN as Senior Pastor.

He is Past Master and Secretary of the Middletown Masonic Lodge, Past President, Secretary, and Former Fair Board Co-Chairman of the Middletown Lions Club, an eleven year member of the Middletown E.M.S. where he served as Training officer and had formally been on staff with the Middletown Church of the Nazarene.

Marty has been awarded EMT of the year, Lion of the Year, the first Business Associate of the Year by the ABWA, and was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Otis Bowen, M.D. in 1979.


Gina and Marty have been married 34 years and have two children. Their son Ryan is a Paramedic with Wayne Township Fire Department and also serves in Henry County. Ryan is currently in mortuary school as well to begin his venture in the family business. Ryan's wife Tracy is an emergency room nurse at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. They recently had their first child in September, Kennedy Madeline Ballard. 

Kayla, is a licensed addiction counselor in Indiana. She also is very involved in music ministry. Her husband Tim is a flight nurse with PHI stat flight, and is a Henry County Paramedic. Tim also flies with Grace on Wings, a medical transportation ministry out of Indianapolis.

Telephone: 1-765-354-2051

Email: geoballard@comcast.net


Jon Ballard, BA, MBA

Jon Ballard, BA, MBA

Funeral Director/Co-owner Retired

Jon is a 1970 graduate of Shenandoah High School. He recieved his bachelors degree from Anderson University in 1974, an associates degree in Mortuary Science from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1979, and a Masters of Business Administration from Anderson University in 1999.

He is a member of the Daleville Lions Club, the Daleville Masonic Lodge, and was very active in Youth Volleyball both at Daleville High School and in Delaware County.

He had served the Salem Township E.M.S. as an E.M.T. for several years, and was a District Director for the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.

Jon is married to Brenda, who is a registered nurse at St. Johns Hospital. They have two children. Their daughter, Katie Leas, is also a registered nurse at St. Johns working in the cardiac rehabilitation department. Katie is married to an amazing and hardworking man, Mick Leas, who works for Hagerman Construction Company. They have five children, Peyton, Maycee, Aubrey, Ellie, and Cambrie. Jon's son Kyle is a cook at Anderon University. He is married to Leanne and they have one adorable son: Samuel.

Jon retired in July of 1917.


Ryan Ballard EMT-P

Ryan Ballard EMT-P

Funeral Director

Ryan is the older child of Marty and Gina. He is a graduate of Shenandoah High School and attended Ball State University. 

He has been a member of the Middletown Fire Department and worked thoughout high school at Howell Farms near Middletown.

He is a nationally certified paramedic and has worked for Methodist Hospital and Wishard (Indianapolis EMS) but currently is serving his eleventh year as a civilian paramedic with Wayne Township Fire Department in Indianapolis. He also serves as a paramedic for Henry County EMS.

He is a Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer.


He is married to his wife of 4 years, Tracy (Roop) who is currently a Registered Nurse with Methodist Hospital emergency department, and is a former Lifeline Flight Nurse. She also travels with the medical crew with the Indy Racing League.

They are the proud parents of Kennedy Madeline, Madyson Lynne and Monroe Ann.

They are residents of Yorktown/Daleville area and active in the YMCA of Yorktown, the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce and the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene.


Kayla (Ballard) Hall NCC, LCAC, LMHC

Kayla (Ballard) Hall NCC, LCAC, LMHC

Aftercare Coordinator/Counselor

Kayla is our aftercare coordinator. She is the daughter of Marty and Gina and a graduate of Shenandoah High School. She recieved her BS in Psychology from Olivet Nazarene University with minors in Spanish, Business, and Social Work.

She recieved her Master's degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as a certificate in Addictions in 2010. 

In 2011, she obtained the credentials of a Nationally Certified Counselor and also recieved her licensure in clinical addiction counseling in Indiana. She became a licensed mental health counselor in 2013. She has started her own practice- Torchlight Counseling Services and created our aftercare program and offers personal grief counseling as part of the Ballard and Sons ministry. www.torchlightcounseling.com 

She is involved in professional organizations such as NBCC and AMHCA. 

Kayla is also very involved in Christian music. She enjoys writing songs, and serving as a worship leader at the Madison park Church of God in Anderson, IN. For more information on her music ministry you can go to 

http://www.youtube.com/user/hall45671.

Kayla is married to Tim Hall, a flight nurse with PHI Stat Flight, and a Henry County RN/Paramedic.

Telephone: 1-765-444-8019


Andrea Thornburg

Andrea Thornburg

Funeral Director/Advanced Funeral Specialist

Andrea Thornburg has been a licensed funeral director since 1998. Andrea specializes in Advanced Funeral Planning. She is a 1992 graduate of Wapahani High School and earned college degrees from Ivy Tech State College and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Andrea attends Union Chapel and enjoys spending time with her husband of over 20 years and her 3 boys. She is a member of Tri-Kappa (Delta Phi Chapter), serves on the Senior Advisory Board for Morrison Woods Health Campus, Muncie and is secretary/treasurer for Union Cemetery, Parker City. You can contact Andrea at andreafromballards@gmail.com

Telephone: 1-765-354-2051

Email: andreafromballards@gmail.com


Gary High

Gary High

Staff

Gary was born in Anderson, Indiana. He was part of the class of 1961 of Middletown High School. He retired from Avestsa Polarit in New Castle in 1998 after 32 years as a pipefitter. He and his wife Nancy (Hines) have been married for 52 years and are the parents of 1 son: Michael High and grandparents of 2 children: Kelsey and Jacob as well as one great grandaughter. He is a member of the Middletown Church of the Nazarene where he serves both on the Board of Trustees and the Building Committee. Gary has been involved with the ministry at the funeral home for 15 years. "I believe it's a calling. I love to help people and this situation puts me in a position to reach out to families at a time when they need care the most. I look at it as an honor to have been placed where God can use me."

Telephone: 1-765-354-9631

Email: Chunk1952@aol.com


Bobby Watters (In Memory)

Bobby Watters (In Memory)

Staff

In Memory (November 9, 1944-April 4, 2015).....Bobby lives in Daleville and has been married for 47 years. He has two grown daughters and four grandchildren. He retired from General Motors (Guide Divison) and has been a licensed Real Estate agent since 1970. He has been a school board member for Salem Township, Past Master of Daleville Masonic Lodge, past member of the Delaware County Council and active in the Daleville community for over 30 years. "I have known the Ballard brothers for 30 years and have always admired the ministry they have had for the area. I look forward to being a part of the Ballard and Sons staff and assisting families during difficult times." Bobby passed away in April of 2015.


Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

Staff

Bryan is a 2002 graduate of Blackford High School. He is a member of the Salem Township/ Daleville Fire & EMS Department, and has also spent most of his adult career in the public service field. He is currently a police officer with the Daleville Police Department serving since 2009. During this time he has received the "Grace In Time of Need" award from Grace Baptist Church for his creation of the Daleville Operation Christmas Program. He has also received various awards from the department for his outstanding service to the community. Bryan is very involved in the Yorktown and Daleville communities. Bryan and his wife Katie reside in Yorktown and are foster paents of three girls. They are both active members of the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene. Bryan serves as a worship leader at the church, and is the director of security. Katie serves as video/sound engineer and as the assistant director of Little Bloomers Child Care Ministry at the Yorktown Nazarene Church. He was elected to the Yorktown Town Council in 2016. In his spare time Bryan likes to spend time with family and friends, fishing, and other various outdoors activities. He enjoys attending church and the ability to serve the community. "It’s a true honor to be able to serve in the ministry of Ballard and Sons Funeral Homes. I enjoy helping families and friends during one of the most difficult times of their life."


Larry Howard

Larry Howard

Staff



Ned Clark

Ned Clark

Staff

Ned was born the last of 4 children to Rev. Harold “Pete” and Kay Clark. Pete had already been in ministry, 7 years at New Lisbon and close to 2 years at Chesterfield Christian, at the time of Ned’s birth. Kay was the homemaker, played the organ for the church, and was studying at Ball State Teachers College hoping to become a high school teacher (which she later accomplished, teaching at Anderson High School from 1964 to 1988). And with 2 older sisters and a big brother, Ned’s upbringing was shaped by their perspectives as well.

Ned began mowing lawns and delivering newspapers around the age of 10, worked for the local grocery store and a gas station (back when such were “full-service”) during his junior high years, and then spent 3 years learning most aspects of the fine dining/nightclub business during high school, graduating from Anderson Highland High in 1977.

That fall, Ned left home for Bloomington to attend Indiana University. He worked his way through college (while receiving some help from the parents) so that he was able to graduate (debt-free) in 1982 with a B.S. degree in Policy and Administration.

After college, Ned traveled some and tried his hand at various different kinds of work, from factories to servicing farm and industrial equipment, from managing retail outlet stores and restaurants to doing construction of homes and businesses. It was at the age of 31 that he “relented” to God’s call and turned to ministry as his profession of faith and service.

Ned entered Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis) in the spring of 1991, and that fall accepted the position of Youth and Young Adult Coordinator at First Christian in New Castle Indiana, where he worked for over 2 years. In 1994, he was offered the student-Senior minister position at East Christian in Markleville, where he worked for over 8 years. During that time, he also studied at the Theological school of Anderson University. In 2002, Ned went into the “handy-man” business while also working weekends as the on-call chaplain for Community Hospital Anderson. And in 2007, Chesterfield Christian asked him to be their senior minister, and he started on August 13th (his parents anniversary!) of that year.  


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