Charles Albert Ballman Jr.
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
“Chuck” was born on Nov. 23rd 1949 on Long Island, New York to Charles Albert Ballman Sr. and Florence Spindle Ballman. He grew up on the Great South Bay loving the water, boating and cars.
He moved to California in 1978 with his family to begin his 35-year-long dedication to telecommunications employment. He lived life in the fast lane both figuratively and literally. He loved stock car racing, antique cars and vehicle restoration. His pride and joy was his 1969 Stingray Corvette and 1941 Ford that he, “Re-built from the ground up.” Chuck was a man’s man; loved the outdoors and his dogs.
He was best known for his humor. Chuck acted out the stories he told with body expressions to match his every word. Nearly every story he told ended in a contagious belly laugh for all involved. He was always willing to teach a person something he had learned along the way. He loved old movies, good jokes, camping and fishing. He built furniture, cactus gardens and fixed anything within his reach. He also dabbled in writing – his best story was, “Johnny Goes to Congress.” Chuck was resourceful, quick witted and always ready to lend a helping hand. He will be loved always and never forgotten.
Chuck is survived by his son Troy Ballman of Simi Valley, CA., daughter Tara Keif and son-in-law Jimmy Keif along with his three grandchildren Sierra, Jimmy Jr., and Shamus Keif of Battlement Mesa CO. As per his request, a private memorial will be held. In his memory, tell a joke using your facial expressions and entire body, and of course, end with a huge laugh! May God welcome him with open arms and enjoy every minute with him.
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