Clyde J. “Bud” Ballard, a man dedicated to his family and native Cooperstown and a true outdoorsman, died early Thursday morning, May 26, 2011, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, surrounded by his girls. He was 85.
Bud, as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, was born Dec. 20, 1925, at the Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown, a son of Clyde K. and Etta (Averell) Ballard. He grew up in a community rich with many young friends who did everything together.
At the age of 17, he left Cooperstown High School to join the military, and served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Adirondack from 1942 until 1945. Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the military, he returned to hisnative Cooperstown.
Shortly after his return home, Bud was deer hunting and cut his hand quite badly.
It was during his visit to the Emergency Room at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital that he met his future wife and soul mate, Evelyn Mae (Murphy) Ballard, a Registered Nurse. The two hit it off immediately and had their first date that same night. On October 25, 1947, Bud and Murph were married in a ceremony at the Rectory of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown.
The two enjoyed 61 years of marriage until Murph died Aug. 12, 2009.
After working on a highway crew and for the Clark Estates, Bud was later employed by the A&P and later Great American as their produce manager.
Coming from a family where generations of Ballards were hunters, Bud was happiest when he was out doors, andtook part in just about every imaginable outdoor sporting activity there is. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing but later became an avid hunter of animals of all kind. Bud’s family fondly recalls that he always seemed to have something dead at his side that he had successfully shot or trapped or caught. He also enjoyed many great times at their family camp in Inlet.
A member and long-time treasurer of the Cooperstown Sportsman’s Association, Bud was also a member of the Native Sons of Cooperstown and Cooperstown Fire DepartmentCo. No. 1, where he served at one time as First Assistant Chief and was a member of their dive team. A 60-year member of the Sgt. Walter P.
Eggleston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7128, he served for many years with the honorguard. Bud especially enjoyed many visits to the Vets Club, accompanied by Murph, who would often leave before him and then watch people go by on Main Street as she waited for him in their car.
Bud will also be remembered for taking pride in everything he did. His home on Brooklyn Avenue was always well cared for, both inside and out, and he was always impeccably dressed.
He was of a generation who valued hard work, dedication, ethics and respect for others, family and friends. The patriarch of his family, he will be more than greatly missed by his girls, their families, and his many other family and friends.
Bud is survived by two daughters, Barbara Tongue and her husband, James, and Nancy Ballard and her husband, Richard, all of Cooperstown; two granddaughters (who loved him immensely), Hillary Bass LaDuke, and her companion, Jonny Rosa, and Lindsey Cole Bailey; one great grandson, Caleb James Rosa, who is the shining light of everyone’s life; three sisters-inlaw, Mrs. Jean Ballard of Cooperstown, Mrs. Eleanor Smith of Frankfort, and Mrs. Ofelia Murphy and family of Anaheim, Calif; one brother-inlaw, Vincent Murphy and his wife, Mary, of Marcellus; and many nieces and nephews, including his niece DeborahBallard of Springfield, Va., and Stephen Ballard and his wife, Rhonda, of Southport, N.C. In addition to his beloved wife, Murph, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Louise Ballard, who died in infancy in 1948, and one brother, Robert L. Ballard, who died June 19, 2000.
Friends called at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown on Sunday, May 29, 2011, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., when Bud’s family will be in attendance.
A funeral service was offered at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, May 29, 2011, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Betsy Jay, chaplain at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, officiating.
Immediately following the service at the funeral home, Cooperstown Fire Department’s 1952 Mack E4 served to bear Bud to Fly Creek Valley Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest in the Ballard family plot.
Bud’s family suggests memorial contributions be made to Cooperstown Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow& Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  June 2, 2011