Daniel H. Ballard

June 12, 1945 – Sept. 2, 2013

Daniel H. Ballard, 68, of Tomahawk, passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital under hospice care. He was born June 12, 1945, in Waukesha, to the late Howard and Mary Ballard. Dan enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served for three years. He was married to Mary (Long) in 1963; she survives.

Dan grew up in Pewaukee and graduated from Pewaukee High School. After his service, Dan attended Waukesha County Technical College and received his degree in criminal justice.

He began his longtime career as a deputy sheriff with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 1997.

After retirement, Dan and Mary moved to the Harrison Hills area. Dan loved being in the north woods and enjoyed riding his ATV, fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife and best friend, Mary Ballard of Tomahawk; two sons, Don (Kristine) Ballard of Campbellsport and David (Donna Hansen) Ballard of Tomahawk; one brother, James (Barbara) Ballard of Waukesha; two half-brothers, Charles (Irleen) Ballard of Pennsylvania and Don (Esther) Ballard of Michigan; one sister, Helen Peters of Tomahawk; his mother-In-law, Iris Long of Rhinelander; one brother-in-law, Mike (Mary) Long of Menomonie; and his sisters-in-law, Cindy (Lou) Zak of Gleason, Linda Long of Fort Atkinson, Kim (Steve Coralline) Long of Medford and Donna Long of Waukesha. Dan is further survived by two grandchildren, Matthew and Joseph Ballard, and many nieces and nephews.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, a half-sister and his father-in-law, Jack Long.

A celebration of life will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Generations Funeral Home of Tomahawk.

Generations Funeral Home, 715-224-3182, is serving the family. View Dan’s obituary and leave online condolences at