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Brian Eric Ballard
(03-12-1971 - 06-27-2020)

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Brian Eric Ballard, 49, lifelong resident of South Elgin, died Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Elgin.

He was born March 12, 1971 in Elgin. He was a graduate of Larkin High School.

Brian loved racing, fishing, fixing cars, his family and friends, and helping others. He was kind-hearted and always willing to lend a helping hand. He had a passion for fixing cars and there wasn’t anything on a car that he couldn’t fix.

He is survived by his father Thomas Ballard Sr. (Shirley); brothers Thomas Ballard Jr. (Diana), William Ballard (Tammy), and Keith Ballard; sister Lorri Aney (Shawn); son Shane Wetzel, son Anthony Burke; nieces Courtney, Caitlin, Cayleigh (Brian), and Rachel (Bobby); nephews Kevin and T.J.; and great nieces Gabriella and Arianna.

He had numerous close friends, especially lifelong friends Randy Schmidt and Charlie Keene.

He is preceded in death by his sister Amy Ballard; mother Patricia Ballard; wife Melissa Ballard; and cousin Dave Simpson.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Burial will be private at Lakewood Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Friday morning from 9:00 AM until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family. For information 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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