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Matthew G. Ballard

Matthew G. Ballard

Matthew George Ballard , age 42, of Quincy was tragically taken from us on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Matt married the love of his life, Julia Wodrich, on November 12, 2011. Matthew is the father of two beautiful children, Matthew G. Ballard II, 23, of Tampa, FL and Miah Ballard, 18, of Quincy, IL.

Matt graduated from Quincy Senior High School in 1997. Matt began working at age 16 and worked at Knapheide for 22 years until he tragically lost his sister and brother. Matt was currently employed by Harbor Freight.

Matt had many talents and was always building things from catio's to furniture, and putting lights on everything. Matt also took great pride in customizing his BMW.

Matt had a heart of gold and family meant everything to him. He enjoyed attending sporting events, especially Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and St. Louis Blues games, and amusement parks. He was an exceptional pool player and a great bowler. He delighted in watching NASCAR and the Cubs with his grandfather, teaching his son to play ball and his daughter to skate. He, and his wife, took great pride in Matt Jr.'s wrestling competitions. He was a friend to everyone he met and if you knew Matt you knew he was quite the jokester.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his parents, Stacie (Randy) Sparks; his grammy, Georgiann Ballard; his siblings, Edwin (Jodi) Minear, Mick Minear, Royal (Missy) Minear, Sis (Todd) Dusenberry, Brandy (Dean) Harper, Dawn Bryner and Megan (Chuck) Lankey; his mother-in-law, Joan Wodrich; his sisters-in-law, Rebecca Wodrich, Sara Wodrich and Amanda Mixer. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Matt was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Minear; a brother, Marcus Ballard; a nephew, Frankie Minear-Baker; his father, Edwin Minear and grandparents, William Ballard and Royal and Betty Minear.

Our hearts will never be the same.

A memorial visitation will be held on Monday, March 29, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM in Greenmount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to help with expenses.

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From:
shelly leckbee
Quincy, IL
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Thoughts an prayers for the family so sorry for your loss 🙏🙏 R.I.P. Matt❤
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Angie Kline
QUINCY, IL
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Stacie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers 🙏
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Mr. & Mrs. David Culp
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC
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We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Matt. I worked with him and he was a very good friend. We will pray that God wraps his arms around you all during this very difficult time. Sincerely, David and Chrsta Culp 🙏🙏🙏
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Tracy & Todd Reed
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We are devastated for Julia and Stacie by the news of Matt’s tragic passing. No words can help, but know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Mary Ellen Davis
Quincy, IL
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Julia and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences to you and yours. You are in my prayers.
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Bob Hecht
Quincy, IL
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So,sorry for the loss of a kind man.sendind prayers.
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Ashley
Quincy, IL
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Sending positive vibes to Julia and family during this time. May peace and healing find you.
From:
Candie weyant
Quincy, IL
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Stacie and family. I am sorry for you alls loss
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Sandi Holford
Quincy, IL
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Stacie and family I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. God bless
Sandi Holford