October 10, 1977 ~ September 12, 2022

Born in: Indianapolis, Indiana
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

Derek Michael Ballard was born October 10, 1977, at St. Vincent Hospital to James Derek and Sherry McMillan Ballard.  Michael spent most of his formidable years being raised in a comforting, loving, albeit chaotic at times, Eagledale home, where his heart always remained.  For those who knew Michael well, knows he was a very headstrong individual and when he got something in his mind, he went full tilt like a Kamikaze.  Also, for those who knew him well, knows of his passion for his Irish heritage and shoes, which started at a young age while working as a paperboy.  His first paycheck was used to purchase a new pair of Jordan’s, and from there the great saga of buying, trading, selling, and exchanging shoes continued throughout the rest of his life.

He attended St. Michael and Cardinal Ritter and, through his charismatic, good hearted and funny personality, developed a core group of people that helped to shape Michael’s character.  That group expanded throughout the years and seemed like everywhere Michael went he knew someone, or you’d hear someone yell out, “Big Mike”.  Michael married his high school sweetheart Nikki and had 2 sons Collin and Caleb, whom he loved dearly and was so proud of the men they are becoming.  Michael’s heart was big and once he developed a bond with you, his loyalty was unbreakable.  Unfortunately, Michael spent many years in mental anguish trying to cope with the family and friends taken too early.

Michael passed away peacefully in his sleep from a heart attack on Sept. 12, 2022, and is preceded in death by Clyde (Mac) and Patricia McMillan, James and Betty Ballard, Uncle Kenny Ballard, Uncle Mike McMillan, cousin/sister Kristen Ballard, cousin Brandon Ballard, and best friends Fireman Dave Schanz and John Donovan.  He is survived by parents James and Sherry Ballard, brother Steven Ballard, sons Collin and Caleb Ballard and mother Nikki, Aunts and Uncles Lori and Jay Scott/ Joe and Kevin Warren, cousins Tera Wilkins, Tiffany Kozinski, Max Warren, David Ballard, Justin Knight, Mark Tom, Matt Tom, Michelle Tom and all his extended family and friends.  Though the road came to an end, the journey is never done.  Never goodbye, we’ll see you in the next one.


Visitation: September 26, 2022 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Flanner Buchanan - Decatur
5463 Kentucky Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46221

Funeral Service: September 26, 2022 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Flanner Buchanan - Decatur
5463 Kentucky Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46221

Graveside Service: September 26, 2022 3:45 pm

Floral Park Cemetery
425 N. Holt Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. A bright light left this world to soon. I hope I am able to keep his sweet but gruff voice in my head. Michael had the widest grin and a wicked chuckle. I will miss you forever sweet boy.

  3. We didn’t know Mike as well as the other family members but we wanted to send our condolences. God has called home this gentle young man. We prayed that God will give you strength during these times. You will always have him in your heart.

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