Robert R. “Bob” Ballard – Once Co-Owner of Hipage, passes away at age 84

Virginia Beach – Robert R. “Bob” Ballard passed away on September 6, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Norfolk, VA, in 1933, Bob would have celebrated his 84th birthday this Sunday, September 10. He was the son of the late Roger Lee Ballard and Ruth Hall Evett Ballard and was predeceased by his son, Robert R. “Bobby” Ballard and great grandson Lucas Ray Ballard.

A loving son, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, left to cherish his memory are his wife, Donna Hansen Ballard; children Dr. William Lee Ballard and wife Linda Kozak Ballard of Atlanta, GA, and Lynn Ballard Thornes and husband Todd Lawrence Thornes of Harborton, VA; grandchildren John R. Ballard and wife Karina Vega of Ramona, CA, Dr. Daniel P. Ballard of Brooklyn, NY, Jennifer A. Ballard of Richmond, VA, and Jessica T. Mosley and husband Zachary C. Mosley of Gaithersburg, MD, Shannon L. Ballard of Moyock, NC, Robin B. Anderson and husband Bobby Anderson of Chesapeake, VA; great grandchildren Orion and Jayden of Ramona, CA, and Kaleb and Logan of Chesapeake, VA; along with many other loving friends and family members.

Bob graduated from Maury High School in Norfolk in 1950 and attended Michigan State University on a music scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1955. Upon returning home with his bride Donna, Bob began working as a Custom Freight Broker for Hipage Corporation in downtown Norfolk. He eventually rose to the position of Co-Owner of Hipage with the late Marvin Derring Rhodes following in the steps of the founders, the late Mr. Reeves Hitch and the late Mr. James G. Page. As Chairman of Hipage and with the assistance of a very able staff and Co-Owner, Bob helped grow the company in revenue and size with additional offices and partners in the US and around the world. Through the years, Bob demonstrated his business expertise in many ways: he was the Founder and Past Chairman of Tidewater Weighing and Sample, Co-Founder and Past Chairman of Dixie Box and Crating, Inc., one of the Founders of Jefferson Insurance Company, Intl, Past Director and Officer of the Virginia Maritime Organization, and Past President of the Hampton Roads Shipping Association. Bob also obtained a Master’s Degree from George Washington University and served in a part-time role as Professor at the Tidewater Community College.

Bob lived his entire life around the water, enjoying boating and fishing with his family. He would listen to classical music while watching the sunset over the lake and bay, which he was able to do with his family and close friends in his last days.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at Woodlawn Funeral Home located at 6329 East Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA, from 7:00-8:30 pm on Friday, September 15, 2017. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, beginning at 2:00 pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home, followed by graveside services in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following charities:

– Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, PO Box 2156, Norfolk, VA, 23501, or donate online at

– Eastern Virginia Medical School, Development Department, PO Box 1980, Norfolk, VA, 23501, or donate online at

– Memorial United Methodist Church, c/o Memorial Fund (Bob Ballard), 804 Gammon Road, Virginia Beach, VA, 23464.

– YMCA Camp Silver Beach, Bob Ballard Scholarship Fund, Attn: Ms. Rhonda Marsh, PO Box 69, Jamesville, VA, 23398.

Condolences may be offered to the family at

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 10, 2017

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