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Obituary: Sterling L. Ballard

8/22/1912 ~ 3/1/2003

Sterling Lee Ballard passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, March 1, 2003 at the age of 90 following a short illness.

He was born to Ivan and Katie Okelberry Ballard Aug 22, 1912 in Goshen, UT. She preceded him in death Sept 8, 1996. He married Rosamond Otilla Smith, Nov 4, 1943, their marriage was later solemnized in the Provo LDS Temple.

He is survived by six children and their spouses, Karen (Ward) Curtis, Salt Lake City, Frank (Susan) Ballard, Payson, Blaine (Nancy) Ballard, Alpine, John (Debbie) Ballard, Stan (Marilyn) Ballard, Eddie (Mary Jane) Ballard, all of Payson; 26 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother and two sisters, Paul Ballard, Rhea Banks, Pearl Winnie. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister, Morgan and Fern Ballard.

Sterling lived the majority of his life in Payson, except for a short time when he lived in California serving his country in the Armed Forces during World War II. He operated a sheep operation and also ran a dairy farm. His interests were hunting and fishing, and he particularly enjoyed fishing upstream and hunting at the end of the drive. He worked at U.S. Steel, Orem, until he retired in 1975. His greatest joys were his children, grandchildren and horses, and his favorite saying for both was to keep them well fed and dry. Dad worked his entire life for the benefit of his family and friends. His family rejoices in his peaceful release and the reuniting with the love of his live, his wife, Rosamond, whom he missed every day since her passing. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services will be Wed. March 5, 2003, 11 a.m. Mountain. View LDS 1st Ward Chapel, 1138 E. 100 S, Payson. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 S. 100 W, Payson, Tues. 6-8 p.m. or at the church Wed. 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial, Payson City Cemetery, with military rites accorded by the American Legion, District four. E-mail condolences to www.walkerfamilymortuaries.com