Murray David Ball (1933 - 2017)

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Murray David Ball died at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 21st. Murray was born in DuBois, Pa, on July 6, 1933, the son of Murray J. and Ruth Phillips Ball who preceded him in death. He was known as Muggs while he lived in DuBois. Upon graduation from DuBois Senior High, Murray joined the United States Air Force and completed four years of honorable service to his country. He was graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration and continued his education to receive a master's degree in business administration from Old Dominion University of Virginia.
Murray is survived and will be deeply missed by his wife, the former Dorothy L. Baranoski, whom he married on Nov. 8, 1958; two sisters, Patricia Shaffer and husband, Clarence, of Treasure Lake, Pa.; and Janet Simmons and husband, George, of New Market, Md. Also he is survived by four sisters-in-law: Gennie Doksa of Bellefonte, Pa.; Phyllis Godak and Josephine Krulia of DuBois, Pa.; and Bernice Rydbom of Meadville, Pa.; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
As a young man Murray enjoyed hunting, fishing, being in the woods and his dog. In later years he loved playing golf, talking to world-wide friends on his ham radio, teaching himself to play the guitar, gardening, researching his family ancestry, and walking with his wife, Dorothy.
His career took him to many cities. He lived in DuBois, where he also taught adult education at the DuBois campus of Penn State. He later worked in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.
Murray was a unique gentleman, a true gentle man who was caring, thoughtful, compassionate, kind, soft spoken and never said a harsh word to anyone or about anyone and always gave everyone a smile. A memorial service with military honors was held on April 26, at Sunset Memory Gardens in Charlotte, North Carolina. Expressions of sympathy may be sent in his name to the . The world is a darker place because he is gone; but heaven is a brighter place because he is there.
Published in The Courier Express from May 6 to May 7, 2017