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Curtis William Ballard

August 21, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

Curtis William Ballard, 60 of North Hollywood, California, formerly of Reinbeck and Ely, Iowa passed away on July 21st, 2015 at his home after a brave battle with cancer. A visitation will be held on Friday, August 28th, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Reinbeck, Iowa. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Reinbeck Iowa. No flowers please. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Curt was born October 29, 1954 in Grundy Center, Iowa. He was the son of Louis William Ballard and Marian (Plaehn) Ballard. Curt graduated from Reinbeck High School in 1973 and that year he was the State of Iowa Wrestling Champion at 167 pounds. After high school, Curt began his career as a heavy equipment operator. In 1993 Curt moved to Ely, Iowa. He married Patty (Tickal) Malatek on July 24th, 1999 at the First Presbyterian Church of Ely. In early 2000 Curt and Patty moved to California. Curt continued his work as a heavy equipment operator, for his cousin Steve, in a major building project which was professionally the happiest time of his working career.

The BEST day of his life was when he married Patty and became a father to her 4 children. He enjoyed music, singing, playing his guitar and fiddle. He loved life and always had a smile on his face. You would often find him singing love songs to Patty, including In This Life, by Collin Raye. He made friends wherever he went and would help anyone in need, may they be 2 legged or 4 legged. He loved the Green Bay Packers and enjoyed a Budweiser or two. He was an honest, carefree man who will be missed by all those he leaves behind. He always said, you are not here for a long time, you are here for a good time.

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Curt is survived by his loving wife, Patty Ballard of North Hollywood, California, children: Matthew (Jenny) Malatek of Omaha Neb., Mary (Dale) Barnard currently stationed in the Air Force in Ariz., Michelle Malatek currently stationed in the Army in Virginia and Paula Malatek of Missouri, grandchildren: Klara, Oliver, Ryan and Allision in Omaha, Max in Ariz., one sister, Janet Bowen of West Burlington, Iowa, one brother Doug (Carolyn) of Reinbeck Iowa and Alf his beloved dog.



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