Everett Gene “Budd” Ballou
80, of Valparaiso and formerly Lowell, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2020. He was born on January 9, 1940 in Hammond. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cindy (nee Brasel); sons, Terry (Kim), Rhett and Ben (Angela); grandchildren, Dakota, Duncan, Harli (Tyler), Jacob, Taylor, Daryon, Levi, Brendan, Evan and Piper; son-in-law, Mark D’Amico; special family members, Tonya and Shawn; and siblings, Ralph, Jr. and Carol Hammond. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph, Sr. and Idabell (nee Tuck); daughter, Jerilynne D'Amico, several aunts, uncles and nephew, Ralph Ballou, III.
Budd graduated from Lowell High School and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Indiana State University. He was an Educator (grades 5-8; Social Studies) for 51 years and coached Football, Wrestling, Track and Basketball during that time. He taught at MacArthur Elementary, Shelby Jr. High, Griffith, Gavit and Crown Point High Schools and Indiana University NW. He authored 3 books, Restoring the Past for the Future, Sesquicentennial Colfax Lodge #378 (1868-2018) and Echoes from the Halls. He was a member of the Civil War Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Indian Trail Grange, Rolling Hills Vineyard Church and a former member of Tri-Creek Education Foundation and Three Creeks Historical Society. Budd was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, family member and friend. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to St. Jude Chidren's Research Hospital or The Arbor Day Foundation.
Private Services through Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave. Lowell, followed by Private Burial in West Creek Cemetery.
Public Memorial Services will be announced and held at a later date. www.sheetsfuneral.com
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