Joseph John "Dewey" Ballat Jr.

Died: Wed., Jun. 10, 2020

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Joseph J. "Dewey" Ballat, Jr, age 72, of Orwigsburg, PA formerly of Pottsville passed away on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 at his residence.

Born in Coaldale, PA on November 30, 1947, he was the son of the late Joseph John and Mary Elizabeth Ballat.

Dewey graduated Nativity B.V.M. High School, Class of 1965. He later worked at ALCOA and then in the construction industry. Dewey was a lifetime member of the American Hose Company in Pottsville.  In his leisure time, Dewey fancied himself a ‘professional’ Texas Hold’em player, enjoyed the outdoors- fishing and hunting, was a collector of antiquities, a jokester, and culinary enthusiast.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters: Joann Williams and Suzanne Rittle.

Dewey is survived by three daughters: Sheila, Dana, and Gina; a grandson; a great-grandson; eight sisters: Lucille Hayner, Mary E. Heidenwolf, Christine Zukovich, Patricia Stramara, Rose Marie Weaver, Amy Ryan, Diane Dunkel, Kay Rissinger; four brothers: Edward, Michael, Paul, and James Ballat; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Memorial services and interment will be held privately. 

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is handling arrangements. Please send condolences to

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Marlin & Mary Jane Reed
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
To the Ballat Family,
We were saddened to read of Dewey's passing. Our condolenses are sent to all of you. May God give you all comfort and strength during this difficult time. Dewey"s sense of humor will always be with you. RIP Dewey.

Herm Minnig
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
To Dewey's brothers, sisters, Big Sheila ,kids and grandkids. I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Dewey. The patriarch of the ballet family. Although I haven't seen much of Dewey over the last 30 years, we were great friends in the 70's and 80's and I will never forget him. There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe him. Some of the adventures I had with him and Danny Murphy are legendary, When you went somewhere with Dewey, there was never a dull moment. So sorry Sheila for dragging him away from you and your kids. Especially little Sheila. Dewey missed his calling in life. He should have been an interrogator for the CIA. Spies would have been surrendering daily. Danny Murphy, Ed and Paul Ballat will know what I mean by that. To sum him up best..."there were times when I couldn't get enough of him and there were times when I wanted to get away from him at all costs." RIP Dew-bird! You were one of a kind!

Bill Messaros
   Posted Tue June 16, 2020
My most sincere condolence to the entire family of Dewey. I have always enjoyed the time I had the opportunity to spend in his company. He possessed an unique talent of enjoying a good story as well as delivering a good story, that always included a good laugh. Will remember him as an all around good guy. Rest in Peace.

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