|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1917|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 14, 2007|
Herb E. Ballou, World War II veteran and long time champion of veterans' benefits died Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, surrounded by his family.
A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m., from the Clancy United Methodist Church, with graveside services to follow at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison at 4 p.m. Following graveside services there will be a reception at the Montana Army National Guard Service Club at Fort Harrison.
Survivors include his daughter, Bonee Erickson (Joe) of Cascade; granddaughter, Carrie Erickson of Colorado; Olin Erickson of Cascade; daughter in law, Margo Brooke of Helena; granddaughter, Isabell (Mark) Stoltz of Washington; Herbert Ballou of Alaska; and Nellie Ballou of Alaska. Herb was preceded in death by his son, Monte.
Herb was born Oct. 8, 1917, in Jersey City, N.J., to Jane and Martin Ballou. He attended schools in Wickford, R.I. He was a strong athlete and received track and football scholarships to Moses Brown School and the University of Maine. Track records he set in discus and hammer stood for over 20 years.
Herb traveled extensively, working as a seaman and a steel worker. In June 1943, Herb enlisted in the Army Air Corps and started pilot training, however more ground troops were needed and his squadron became infantrymen. He fought with the 70th Division in the Battle of the Bulge. He was seriously injured, including the loss of an eye, and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
On Nov. 2, 1944, LaVaughn Hay and Herb were married. They lived in Fort Collins, Colo., where Herb attended college. The family moved to Montana in 1951, where Herb managed several dairy farms in the Deer Lodge area. Herb became a dairy inspector for the Board of Livestock, living in Bozeman and then Helena.
After retirement, Herb and LaVaughn lived in Rimini, where Herb enjoyed cutting firewood and working mining claims. After LaVaughn's death in 1985, Herb married Dorothy Thomas and they enjoyed traveling extensively until Dorothy's death in 1996.
Herb's lively mind was always looking for a challenge and he attended classes at Carroll College for nearly 20 years. He was active in the community including veterans organizations, Kiwanis, Shrine, Scottish Rite, Elks, Eagles, the Methodist and Presbyterian churches, and volunteering at Fort Harrison.
Cremation has taken place through Anderson Cremation Services of Helena. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Clancy United Methodist Church, 9 N Main St., Clancy, MT 59634 or the Helena Senior Center, c/o Rocky Mountain Development Council, P. O. Box 1717, Helena, MT 59624. Services have been entrusted to Hagler-Anderson Funeral Home.
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Published in the Helena Independent Record on 9/20/2007.
LaVaughn G Hay Ballou (1914 - 1985)*
Monte D Ballou (1949 - 1996)*
SGT US ARMY WWII BSM PH
Montana State Veterans Cemetery
Lewis and Clark County
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Sep 24, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21743959