Obituary of William Leo Ballard, Sr.
William Leo Ballard, Sr., 67, of Bay City, our strong-willed and supportive husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on the evening of Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region following a lengthy illness. Bill was born in Bay City on December 7, 1949, the son of the late Theodore A. and Marie J. (View) Ballard. Bill and the former Diane DeRosier were united in marriage on May 10, 1969 at the First Church of the Nazarene. After 31 years of service, Bill retired from General Motors – Powertrain. Throughout life, he was known for his love of tending to his roses, working on computers, and most of all, his true love for all animals, especially dogs. Bill leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 48 years, Diane and their children: Melody (David Coleman) DeRosier, William Leo Ballard, Jr., and Patricia Ballard. He was the devoted grandpa of Shayla, Chantel, Joey, Darius, and the great-grandpa of Amya, Laeden, Aaliyah, Aubriella, and one on the way. Bill also leaves behind his siblings, Theodore Ballard, Charles (Joyce) Ballard, Virginia (Larry) Smith, Howard (Becky) Ballard, and his in-laws, Michael, Rick, and Terry DeRosier, and Chris McCarty, along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bill was welcomed home to heaven by his two infant siblings, Robert and Vivian and in-laws, Bonnie Ballard, Dennis DeRosier, and Nancy McCarty. Bill’s family will be present to receive visitors on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 10:00 AM until the time of Bill’s 11:00 AM Tribute Ceremony at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Private interment will be held in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.