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Harry Gordon Ballard

d. January 8, 2022

Harry Gordon Ballard, Retired USN Chief Sonar Technician, entered into eternal rest on January 8th, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia.

He was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Newell Gordon and Mary Richardson Ballard.

Harry married Mary Jane Cave in 1955 and she preceded him in death in November 2010.

He was a 1949 graduate of West Baden High School and proudly served his country in the United States Navy where he served in the Korean Conflict.

Harry served aboard the USS Gregory (DD-802), USS O’Brien (DD-725), USS Henley (DD-762), USS Healy (672), USS Sumner (DD-692), USS Wilson (DD-847) and USS Conyngham (DD-17) where he was a plank owner.

Upon retirement he became Fleet Recreation Coordinator for the D&S Piers in Norfolk, Virginia at the McCormick Center – again proudly serving his country.

He was a member of the Greenbrier Country Club in Chesapeake, Virginia and an avid golfer prior to his declining health.

Harry is survived by his daughter Deborah, son Robert and former daughter-in-law Lucy Ballard, granddaughter Jane Sheffield (Quinton) and great-granddaughter Nora Sheffield. From Indiana, his cousin James Richardson (Carol) of Mitchell, brothers-in-law Ernest G. Cave of French Lick and Kenneth Cave (Auretta) of Dubois, sisters-in-law Eva Flo Cave of Dubois and Alta Cave of French Lick.

A Graveside Ceremony will be held at Ames Chapel Cemetery on Saturday, January 15th, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. with military graveside rites presented by French Lick American Legion Post 76.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Service in French Lick, Indiana 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website –

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Graveside Ceremony

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Starts at 11:30am (Eastern time)

Ames Chapel Cemetery

5368 US-150, Paoli, IN 47454

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