Roy Wendell Ballard 1936-2021

Ballard, Roy Wendell, born Feb. 23, 1936, in Dearborn Michigan.  Passed away July 9th, 2021 in his home of approximately 50 yrs in Mustang Mesa, Bishop, CA. Loving friends that were like his family were present.  Roy is survived by his step brother Ron Ballard of Carlsbad, CA.

Roy’s mother Hilda, passed away when Roy was 3 yrs old.  His father,  Wendell Ernest was a commercial fisherman and a tool & die machinist.

In first grade, Roy was drawing in perspective, which led him to becoming a commercial artist and technical illustrator. He did a very beautiful presentation for President Kennedy while working for the Navy in Washington DC.  He was a Navy Illustrator for about 20yrs.  Roy served with Elvis Presley and the Bing brothers in the Army 87th Infantry Tank Company.  He then became the owner and businessman of Mahogany Smoke Meats in Bishop for about 23 yrs. And sold it to a great friend employee.

Roy was adventurous, at age 36 he rode his bicycle almost 2900 miles for 35 days  from Ridgecrest to Detroit.  At 60 yrs old he rode his bicycle from Bishop CA, to Cape Cod MA,  total miles 3387  in 36 days. He had a crew tracking him.

Roy loved to travel and traveled extensively. When he learned he had developed a rare aggressive Cancer,  he wanted to go on one more vacation before starting any treatment.  His choice was Hawaii, with two loved ones.  On his 84th birthday Roi (in a wheelchair now), decided he wanted to go parasailing, and he did. It was a big Wow, to all that witnessed it.

At times, Roy could be very challenging, but when he got to know you and trusted you, he was a great friend with a generous heart.  Roy has help several people in Bishop in big ways. He loved animals, he has had dogs and cats.  I will remember Roy as a beloved friend that will forever be in my heart, I know God led me to him, and he is missed dearly.

Roy requested no services. If those he helped out along the way, would like, they can donate to Eastern Cancer Alliance Resource Center, Bishop, CA or The Animal Shelter in Big Pine.

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