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 (Marty) Ballard, BA, MPC

George (Marty) Ballard, BA, MPC

Funeral Director

Marty is a 1975 graduate of Shenandoah High School. He received 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 retired as the lead pastor at the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene in Yorktown, IN after 12 years.

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.  He has been co-chairman with his wife Gina of the Middletown Fall Funfest and was part of the Wall That Heals committee.

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 342years and have two children. Their son Ryan is a licensed Paramedic . Ryan is also a licensed Funeral Director. Ryan's wife Tracy is a nurse instructor at IU Health and part of the trauma tema with the Indy Racing League.. 

Kayla, is a licensed addiction counselor in Indiana. She also is very involved in music ministry. Her husband Tim is a nurse practitioner at Henry County, a licensed realtor with FC Tucker, and is a Henry County Paramedic. 

Telephone: 1-765-354-2051

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Gina Ballard

Gina Ballard

Family Assistant

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 have worked together in ministry at the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene in Yorktown, IN . She was also the adult coordinator for three teen Work and Witness trips for the TeeNaz youth group in Middletown, IN. She is co-director of the Middletown Fall Fun Fest.

Gina and Marty have been married 42 years and have two children and four wonderful grand children. 


Telephone: 1-765-354-2051

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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) and Wayne Township Fire Department in Indianapolis. He also has served as a paramedic for Henry County EMS.

Ryan served his internship under the direction of our friends at Hinsey- Brown Funeral Services in New Castle.

He is a Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer.


He is married to his wife of 8 years, Tracy (Roop) who is currently a Registered Nurse with IU Health/Ball Memorial Hospital 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. Ryan is also a Delaware County Councilman, founder of a nationally recognized podcast on funeral directing, and an advocate for emergency services in the state of Indiana.  He testified before the state house committees on ems and assisted with Shane Hardwick, EMT-P  and Representative Karlee Macer on new legislation for EMTS' s and Paramedics concerning compensation for families who lost their loved ones due to injury on the job.

Telephone: 1-765-354-2051


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."


Larry Howard

Larry Howard

Staff



Jon Ballard, BA, MBA

Jon Ballard, BA, MBA

Funeral Director-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.


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 1916-2018

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 passed away in October of 2018 at the age of 101.


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.


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