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William Robert “Bob” Ballard

January 27, 1937 - November 8, 2021

William Robert “Bob” Ballard, age 84, of Kirkwood, DE, passed away on Monday, November 8, 2021.

Born in Wilmington, DE on January 27, 1937, he was the son of the late William and Mabel (Othoson) Ballard. Bob graduated from Middletown High School with the class of 1955. He worked for many years at IKO Manufacturing in Edgemoor, DE, until his retirement. Bob was a faithful member of St. Georges United Methodist Church, Hi-Rail Model Train Club, and the Iron Workers Union.

He was a devoted Las Vegas Raiders fan and a lifelong model train collector. In his spare time, Bob enjoyed landscaping, yardwork, projects around his house and day trips across Delaware. He loved spending time with Beverley, her sons and family, friends, his kids, and grandkids.

Bob is survived by his children, David Ballard (Lisa) of Chester Springs, PA, Nancy Britt of Providence Forge, VA, and Michael Ballard (Anne) of Lebanon, OH; grandchildren, Jillian Ballard, Jake Ballard, Annalise Ballard, Mackenzie Britt, Hanna Ballard, Amelia Ballard, and Will Ballard; and his life partner, Beverley Hibbard.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the Governor of Delaware. Interment will follow in St. Georges Cemetery, Kirkwood-St. Georges Road, St. Georges, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to Calvary Chapel of Newark Delaware, 723 Dawson Dr, Newark, DE 19713.

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  • I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a wonderful man and neighbor. He will most definitely be missed.
    Sending Love, Hugs and Prayers to Bev and Bob’s families. ❤️🤗🙏

  • Bob was a great friend. He was always so willing to help out with anything that you needed!! He always had time to talk and would stop by my home if he saw me outside to talk !! He would call me and say he stopped by Lums Pond and say how packed the boat ramp area was!! He always said ” Man you done a great job on your flower bed, and the seasonal decorations that Summer and I did” !! I will miss Bob dearly!! Our prayers are with the families!! Love you Bob!!!

  • Bob was my best friend. I will miss his daily phone calls. We spent many hours at my home talking about Lionel Trains, sports & politics. I will truly miss him.

  • so sorry for your loss of your father. he will be sorely missed by all. Sending many thoughts and prayers to all of you. it was truly an honor to know him. i will always remember him as a part of our family.may he rest in peace.

  • Our family is so thankful that Bob came into our lives. Bob and Beverley (Mom) have been so happy together for 17 years and he brought much joy to our whole family. Our two boys love Grandpa Bob and will miss him dearly, as we all will. I still have the voicemail message saved on my phone when Bob called me on my first Mother’s Day. It brought tears to my eyes, and still does. Anyone who knows him would say what a good man he is. He will be rewarded in heaven. We love you Grandpa Bob! xoxo Love Veronica, Paul, Daniels and Davids

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all the family. Love Christina Terry and Catalina too.

  • So sorry for your loss. Bob was such good man watching out for those old friends of his mother’s .

  • Thinking of your family today!!

  • To David, Michael and Nancy I knew you dad for many years and he was a dear friend. I worked with Bill for many years at IKO and we played many pranks on each other. I will miss him very much, to you guys I say God Bless you.
    Bill is in a much better place and some day we will meet again.

  • Growing up in St Georges De, with my older brother Ed Davis who always had friends at the house I got to know Bobby Ballard very well. Of course I was the little sister in the way but I loved. After my marriage I didn’t get to see him much but kept up with all the goings on through my brother. Bobby you and my brother will be missed a lot by all that knew you both and miss seeing your trains layouts.