February 12 1943 - November 21 2012 Born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Howard spent his childhood on military bases all over the country. He grew up hunting and fishing and had a passion for cars and boats. At age 17, he joined the Marine Corps, working as a weapons trainer and mechanic. He enjoyed a successful career as a car salesman and sales manager in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent the last 25 years of his career as the used car manager at Freeman Toyota in Santa Rosa. He retired in 2010 and moved to his home by the river in Anderson, CA. Howard spent his free time fishing, traveling, playing golf and tennis, but he mostly cherished time spent with family and friends. All who knew him will remember his infectious laugh and booming voice. He is predeceased by parents, Howard and Sophie Ball, and is survived by children Palmira Ball-Button (Charlie) of El Granada, Lynn Ball of San Rafael, Jenna Ball of Redding, Weston Ball of Santa Rosa, and Hayden Ball of Redding; granddaughter Delaney Radtke; and a large extended family that will miss his wisdom and strength. Howard spent his final days surrounded by his children and beloved friend, Ronda Ball, at his home in Anderson. A Celebration of his Life will be held in Santa Rosa at a later date. Burial will be in the Veterans' Cemetery in Igo, CA. Contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org, Disabled American Veterans, www.dav.org or Mercy Hospice, www.redding.mercy.org.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2012