Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

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Anton J. Ballas, Jr., "Tony"

Passed away on March 19, 2020

Anton “Tony” Joseph Ballas Jr. of Sarasota FL passed away on March 19, 2020 in SarasotaHe was 87.

Unfortunately due to current circumstances, there will be a private visitation for family only on Wednesday March 25 at Elmwood Chapel, St. John IN.  A private burial will take place immediately following at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville IN with the Rev. Bill Kortokrax officiating.

Tony is survived by sons Ronald (JoDe) Ballas, Greg (Patty) Ballas, Anthony (Amy) Ballas, Doug (Allison) Ballas, Christopher (Teresa) Ballas, and daughters Theresa (Chuck) James, Jennifer (Jim) Thrall, and many many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. He also is survived by sisters-in-law Dorothy Ballas-Gunn, Ruth Ashcraft both of Crown Point and Sharon Ashcraft of Lowell.

Tony was born at home on July 13, 1932 in Chicago IL to immigrant parents Anton Sr. and Pearl (nee Coroleuski) Ballas. He was fortunate to have parents who were loving and hard working. For many years they were farmers in Crown Point where they raised 3 children. He graduated from Crown Point High School in 1950.

On August 2, 1952 he married Lorene Ballas (nee Ashcraft) in Crown Point, at St. Mary Church. They lived on his parents’ farm and later moved to Cedar Lake IN where they stayed and raised 8 children. After retiring they moved to their 20-acre spread in Sullivan IN where they cherished many visits from children, grandchildren and other family members.  After Lorene passed in 2011, he lived for a time with his daughters Jennifer and then Theresa, and most recently enjoyed living with his son Ron in Sarasota where the warm weather was a welcome change from Indiana.

Tony spent most of his career as a mechanic and supervisor at Artim Transportation and Nichols Bakery. He was a proud retired member of Teamsters Union #142.

Early on, Tony displayed a wonderful knack for tinkering and liked the challenge of fixing things that “couldn’t be fixed”.  A hard working God-fearing man, Tony took great joy in his family and especially loved big family gatherings.  He was raised in an era where his word was his bond and did many deals on a handshake.  Taking his family on camping trips was something he enjoyed and did it as often as he could. Gardening was another favorite pastime. If he wasn’t fixing something, he was planting something.  Tony liked to bowl, ride motorcycles, play cards, hunt and dance. He was a friend to many and seemed to never meet a stranger.

He is preceded in death by his parents Anton and Pearl, Lorene, his loving wife of 58 years, brother Richard, sister Madeline Kunka (nee Ballas), and his son Michael.

To share a memory or send condolence to the family, please send directly to family members or visit the guestbook section on the obituary page at www.elmwoodchapel.com.  For more information 219-365-3474


Calumet Park Cemetery
Merrillville, Indiana 46410

"My heartfelt condolences to your family. Your memories will comfort you in the days to come Love Sally "
- Sally Higgins
March 23, 2020 12:45 pm

"Very sorry for your loss Thoughts and prayers for your family through this very difficult time "
- Linda Gatto
March 23, 2020 5:17 pm

"So sorry for your loss Allison. You are in my prayers.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏"
- Judi Crider
March 23, 2020 5:27 pm

"Love you guys so much, I know this is so hard on all of you especially in this crazy time. Wish we could all be together, but maybe when things settle down we can. We can share all of our memories of your dad and mom.. I am so thankful for all of the memories. Love you guys!"
- Becky Villa
March 23, 2020 5:58 pm

"Thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Wish we could be there this is just such a crazy time. Know that we are with you in our hearts. Love you all!"
- Lynn Hall
March 24, 2020 6:22 pm

"May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time, we never lose the people we love."
- Ismael Lara
March 25, 2020 5:52 am

"May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time, we never lose the people we love."
- Ismael Lara
March 25, 2020 5:53 am

"As next door neighbors of Steve & Charmayne Guch, we were so fortunate to have been introduced to Anton at our many combined family get togethers. Anton was in the "true gentlemen club" along with his dear friend, Steve's dad, Joe."
- Ron & Janie Pierce
March 25, 2020 10:23 am

"Uncle Tony will be missed love and prayers to the family love you all"
- Carol Shambarger
March 25, 2020 11:29 am

"Sorry to hear about this Ron.Enjoyed working with your dad and you at Nickles Bakery."
- Stephen G. Pearl
March 26, 2020 7:57 am

Candles Lit
"to all of my cousins, I hope you know how much you are loved and that your dad will be greatly missed. We all have so many fond memories of not only your dad but your mom and all of you, so gratful to call you family. Love you guys!"
- Ashcraft family
March 23, 2020 5:55 pm

"Keeping all your family in my prayers. With love, Robin"
- Robin Dillon
March 24, 2020 10:02 am