WILSONVILLE -- Charles Allyn Ballou, 78, died Tuesday (Oct. 1, 2002) at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital following a lengthy bout with cancer.
He was born July 26, 1924, to John and Helen (Colling) Ballou in Wilsonville. After graduating from Wilsonville High School in 1942, he enlisted in the Marines and fought during World War II. He was involved in campaigns in Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima as a member of the 2nd Armored Battalion which led the 2nd Marine Division to the beaches of Sarpan and Tinian. They also led the 4th Division ashore at Iwo Jima.
On April 25, 1948, he married Adeline Diehen.
He was a member of the Wilsonville United Methodist Church, Beaver City Lions Club, Beaver Valley VFW Post No. 7719 and the Chester A. Parsons American Legions Post No. 152.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Jeanne; one brother, Roger; and one brother-in-law.
Survivors include his wife, Adeline of Wilsonville; three sons, Barry Ballou and wife, Gretchen of Hastings, Brent Ballou and wife, Colleen of Wilsonville and Brad and wife JoLynn of Beaver City; one daughter, JoAnn and husband, Brad Schwartz of Kearney; son-in-law, Phil Martin of Clay Center, Kan.; one brother, Johnny Ballou and wife, June of Salt Lake City, Utah; two sisters, Ruth and husband, Cliff Pratt of Papillion and Mary Lynne and husband, Clarence of Los Alamos, N.M.; one brother-in-law, Jack Dieken and wife, Chicko of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jane McDowell of Hastings and Dorothy Ballou of Exeter; and 14 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Wilsonville with the Rev. R. Malchow officiating. Interment will be in the Wilsonville Cemetery. Combined military committal will be provided by the VFW, American Legion and Special Marine Detail from Omaha.
Memorials may be given in his name to the Wilsonville Library, the Wilsonville Cemetery or the Wilsonville United Methodist Church.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge is in charge of arrangements.