Lance Chaffee Ballou, Jr., husband of Margaret Sweeney Ballou, died Feb. 3, at home in Danbury. He was 96 years old and a resident of Ridgefield for 61 years on Main Street, before moving to Danbury two years ago. Mr. Ballou was born on Jan. 23, 1920 in Westfield, Mass. He was the son of the late Lance and Brantley McCrorey Ballou of Lynnfield Center, Mass., and a descendant of Colonel Thomas Knowlton, who founded the Connecticut Rangers, which became the Color Guard for General George Washington.
Mr. Ballou was a member of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry for three terms. He was president of the Men of Saint Stephen’s and was twice chairman of the annual Nutmeg Festival. He graduated early from Wakefield High in Wakefield, Mass. and was an alumni of Dartmouth College, in the class of 1941, where he worked on the college newspaper, The Lantern. He was a member of the University Club in New York City, and was a familiar figure on the golf course at Silver Spring Country Club, where he won the Senior Club Championship in 1975. At the age of 15, he was club champion at the Lucerne-in-Maine Country Club, where his family spent the summer months.