MOUNT VERNON — David Allen Ballard, 52, of Mount Vernon, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019, with his family by his side.

David was born July 14, 1966, in Orrville to David E. Ballard and Elizabeth (Wood) Ballard.

He graduated from Perry High School in 1985. He worked many years for Marion Steel. He loved fishing, hunting, working with his hands, but most importantly spending time with his family.

David will be deeply missed by his children, Ashlee (Rachel) Ballard, Jessica Ballard, David J. (Alix) Ballard, and Jaelyn Ballard; grandchildren, Luna and Adrik; father, David E. Ballard of Canton; mother, Elizabeth Mertes of Mount Vernon; niece, Whitney, and nephews, William and Thomas; and many great-nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his sister, Raynell Sparks, and his step father, Fred Mertes II.

Friends may call Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at Roberts Funeral Home-Mount Vernon Chapel, 18260 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. A Life Celebration will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. Online tributes may be made at www.RobertsFuneralHome.com.