Military veteran

Oris Estell Ballard, 86, was born April 21, 1931, to Orville Edison and Mildred (Lathrom) Ballard, at Huggins, MO. He passed away after a long illness Nov. 3, 2017, at Missouri Veterans Home, Mount Vernon, Mo.

Oris joined the military in 1948 and retired to the U.S. Naval Fleet Reserves in 1967. He was a Chief Hospital Corpsman and a Chief Petty Officer. He served in Korea, Vietnam and many other places around the world. Among the many medals he received were two Bronze Stars, two National Defense Medals, two National Medal of Freedom Awards, and two Purple Hearts.

After retiring from the U. S. Navy, he attended Oregon Community College, graduating in 1974 with an associate of arts in nursing. He entered the University of Oregon Health Science Center, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and was a professional registered nurse.

Oris, formerly of Houston, moved here from Vancouver, Wash., and married Nadine L (Kiser) Longwell on March 3, 1984. He was employed at the Fort Leonard Wood Hospital as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, retiring in 1995. He also worked with Home Health at Texas County Memorial Hospital in the 1980s and Missouri Home Care of West Plains in the late 1990s.

He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, traveling, golf, reading, remodeling campers and motor homes. He was a St. Louis Cardinal fan. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Oris was preceded in death by his mother; father and step-mother, Helen Ballard; one daughter, Christy Nelson; one son, Oris Ballard, Jr; and three sisters, Luella Jones, Loiuse Fulton and Lowanda Cody.

He is survived by his wife, Nadine of the home; a sister, Lucille E Westervelt and husband, Joe, OF Blue Springs, MO.; three children, Jeffrey Ballard and wife, Sherry, of Morehead, N.C., Cindy Rivas of Newport, N.C., and Bryan Ballard, Beaverton, Ore.; three stepchildren, Dennis Longwell and wife, Barbara, of Springfield, Mo., Michael Longwell of Houston, Mo., and Tabby Orndorff of New Whiteland, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Houston First Free Will Baptist Church. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Danny Delcour officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

The family requests memorials to Houston Senior Center, 301 Grand Ave., Houston, Mo. Online condolences can be made at


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