Ed 'Shorty' Ballard


Ed "Shorty" Ballard was called to home to be with his Lord at 1 p.m. June 3, 2019 at his home in Encampment, Wyo.

Shorty was born in Helena, Mont. on September 25, 1931. Shorty was a long time member of the Encampment community during his time living in the southern end of the Platte Valley. Shorty was a long time member of the Encampment-Riverside Lions Club where he enjoyed working the rodeos. He also was a member of the Farm Bureau where he served as Vice President. Shorty also served on the Carbon County Planning Commission in Rawlins for two years. Shorty was also a truck driver, contracting out to local ranchers for haying.

In 2013, Shorty received the Pioneer Award for the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering.

Shorty was a cowboy at heart and had worked on many ranches. He was living and working in the Sand Hills when he met and married the love of his life, Hazel, on February 14, 1956. Shorty and Hazel were married 65 years.

During their marriage they had two children Boyd, born July 10, 1956, who passed away February 8, 2017 and Cindy who was born April 10, 1959. Cindy lives in Encampment and works for Anderson Farms.

Shorty is preceded in death by his wife Hazel, his son and two brothers. He is survived by his daughter Cindy and his brother-in-law Dan McCart of Pueblo, Colorado and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was a great member of the community and will be missed by everyone.


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