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JACK E. BALL

Jack Eugene Ball, 92, lifetime Kansas City resident, passed away July 31, 2013. He was born Oct. 2, 1920 in Topeka, Kansas. The family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where Jack graduated from Center High School class of 1938. After graduation Jack attended the Kansas City Business College. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII in the 780th Bomb Squadron of the 15th U. S. Army Air Corps. He was a Staff Sergeant working as a Crew Chief on the B24 Bombers. Upon returning to Kansas City he attended the Kansas City Art Institute and worked in both lumber and chemical sales and traveled throughout his career. Jack married the love of his life Eleanor (Baer) in 1955 and they built a house and life in Kansas City, Missouri, next to his parents. Jack's life was his family, his church and his friends. He was in Boy Scouts Tribe of Mic- O- Say with his three boys. Always quick to make friends their house was open to all, his children's classmates, old squadron buddies or new acquaintances. In retirement he and Eleanor traveled the world, spending several winters in Arizona and Florida and making special efforts to attend their grandchildren's events. Jack was very active in the 780th Squadron reunion, attending meetings in many states. He kept in touch with all his Squadron and Snowbird friends though computer e-mail. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, William and Lulu Ball, his brother William Ball. He is survived by his wife Eleanor of Overland Park, Kansas, and four children and their spouses Sandra and Rick, William and Beth, Duane and Cecelia and David and Angela. He was Grandpa to six grandchildren, Jessica, Matthew, Martha, Sophie, Anthony and AnneMarie. Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, August 5 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, MO. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 6 at First Lutheran Church, Mission Hills, Kansas. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials contributions may be given to the First Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. (Arrangements: Park Lawn Funeral Home 816-523-1234).

Published in Kansas City Star from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4, 2013
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