Lela Jeane Ballard, 88, of Warsaw, passed away at 2:26 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Warsaw.

She was born on July 20, 1930, in South Whitley, to John Winford and Ruth Alma Hapner Ballard.

She attended Columbia City High School and lived most of her life in South Whitley, Columbia City, Huntington and Florida before moving to Warsaw in 2005.

She was a homemaker and formerly employed at Columbia Products, Weatherhead Corp., and Blumenthal’s Department Store, all in Columbia City.

She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary in South Whitley and American Legion Auxiliary in Columbia City.   

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Dillon of Warsaw; two sons, Phil Krider of Warsaw and Paul Krider of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two half sisters, Kay McKinney and Vicki Taylor, both of South Whitley; and a  half brother, Dale Ballard of Columbia City.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry Krider; and two brothers, Garland and Delbert Ballard.

No services will be held.

Cremation Services of Kosciusko County, Warsaw, is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials to Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581.

To send condolences to the family in Lela Ballard’s memory, visit www.cremationserviceskc.com.