Joseph Ballard

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Joseph Edward Ballard, 46, of Belleville, IL, born May 14, 1977, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, August 27, 2023.

Joe loved his family, friends, the lake, and Cardinal games. Joe had the best smile known and it would light up any room.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Virginia Ballard and Edward and Juanita Gale; and his aunt, Kimberly, nee Gale, Reno.

He is survived by his parents, Dale and Elizabeth, nee Gale, Ballard; two sisters, Laura May and Mary (Clayton) Snokhous; a brother, Christopher Ballard; a nephew and nieces, Ian May, Scarlett, Savanah, Poppy, and Piper; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gateway Foundation – 55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, September 10, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 10, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Carmen Wuebbels officiating.

A celebration of life will be held after the service at Bicentennial Park, Belleville, IL.



20 Comments on Joseph Ballard

Liz-Joe's mom said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2024 at 1:13 PM

Thanks to all of you, nice to read all of them. We miss him so much. Am blessed we had him for 46 years. I love you Joe

  • Bellevile
  • IL
Sherry Washington said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2023 at 7:46 AM

I'm so sorry to the family! I'm sure he would know Terry Washington in Heaven!

  • Heath
  • Ohio
Joe Haar said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2023 at 3:38 PM

I’m going to miss him. I still have the 61 movie he let me borrow. I’m not on any social media type stuff so I don’t hear things as quick as some. I’m sorry for everybody’s loss. I hope he is in cardinal heaven

  • Fairview heights
  • Il
Debbie Addington said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2023 at 7:45 PM

Liz and Dale , I am so very so for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Trenton
  • IL
Kelly said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2023 at 10:36 AM

Liz, Dale, Mary, Chris, Laura - I know you guys are in incredible pain. I wish I could take it away. Keep Joe's memories close, and remember you have each other, and the rest of us...Love you all, Kel

  • Yorktown
  • VA
Stan & Denise Reynolds said : Guest Report Sep 09, 2023 at 8:29 PM

Dale, Liz & family, so very sorry to hear the sad news, our thoughts & prayers are with you, unfortunately we will be out of town & unable to attend the funeral, but you all will be in our thoughts, may Joe rest in peace

  • Belleville
  • IL
Karen boeschen said : Guest Report Sep 09, 2023 at 4:38 PM

To the Ballard family , so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Peace of christ be with you all through this difficult time

  • Belleville
  • Ill
Jill Luehder McGovern said : Guest Report Sep 09, 2023 at 11:46 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ballard and Gale families. So very sorry for your loss of Joe.

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Corrigan said : Guest Report Sep 08, 2023 at 8:45 PM

Liz,Dale I’m so sorry to hear your of your loss peacebe with you both at this time

  • Swansea
  • IL
Linda Barriger said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2023 at 10:47 PM

Dear Dale, Liz and Family Our Deepest Sympathy, there are not enough words to describe how sorry we are for your loss. Grandma Juanita is giving him a big hug and holding him close. Our Love and Prayers Mike and Linda Barriger

  • Swansea
  • IL
Pam Ballard said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2023 at 3:57 PM

So sorry to hear this news. I was his third grade teacher.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Marilyn Ackerman said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2023 at 3:32 PM

I am so sorry about Joey. I know he was grandma's favorite. He was such a good boy and will be missed by everyone. May you find peace with his passing. Love, Marilyn

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kathy Tiedemann said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2023 at 9:14 AM

to the entire Ballard Family, I am so sorry for the loss of Joe. He was one of the greatest kids I could have known. Julie and Joe always had a very special bond. I hope he has found some peace.

  • BellevilleBelleville
  • Illinois
Chris Nesbit said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2023 at 9:06 AM

I was devastated to hear about the passing of our dear friend. It's hard to put into words the depth of sorrow I feel right now. We've known each other since grade school, and the memories we created together are cherished treasures. Our friend's presence will be deeply missed, but their impact on our lives will never fade.

  • Knoxville
  • Tennessee
Julie Visintine(Tiedemann) said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2023 at 8:58 AM

There are no words to to take away the pain of your loss. Sending you love and prayers and may he rest peacefully. Unfortunately I will be out of town this weekend and unable to attend the funeral, but I will keep you all in my thoughts.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Robby Lynn said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2023 at 8:41 AM

I'm so very sorry for the loss of Homie. It really hurts but his in a better place.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Ron Owings said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2023 at 6:23 AM

My heart goes out to Joe’s family and friends! Joe had the biggest heart, a smile that light up a room, an infectious laugh and the most wonderful personality! The world just got a little less fun, he will be missed!

  • Columbia
  • Missouri
Cindy Taylor said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2023 at 10:06 PM

I am so sad to hear of Joes passing. We have been friends a long time and loved talking baseball together. I just saw him a few weeks he came to a game and came to see me. He will be missed. Prayers to his family.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Drew Heap said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2023 at 3:19 PM

May God welcome you WITH OPEN ARMS/WINGS ;-) !!!!! The concert in HEAVEN I. ET IS EPIC!!!!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Leslie Arnold said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2023 at 2:47 PM

So sorry about Joe. He lived life on his own terms and enjoyed life. May he rest peacefully. So sorry, Liz and Dale, to hear about this.

  • Lawrence
  • Kansas

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