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EL DORADO TIMES, 17 March 2000
Obituary of GEORGE BALL
George Ball, 75, of El Dorado, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at his home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 20, at the First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Sunset Lawns Cemetery.

He was born May 6, 1924 in El Dorado, to Pleas and Maude (Baldwin) Ball. He attended schools in El Dorado.

When he was 17 years old he enlisted in the Marine Corps. When war was declared, he went with his Marine division to serve in the South Pacific. He served as tank gunner and radio operator in the second Battalion of the Second Marine Division.

On Sept. 2, 1945, he married Virginia Frisby in Los Angeles, Calif. She survives. He had worked for the United States Postal Service for more than 29 years.

He had been an active citizen of this community and state. He was Past Commander of the American Legion, Fifth District Commander and State Vice Commander of the Kansas American Legion. He had directed Government Day, Boy's State activities, promoted scholarships and the high school oratorical contest, as well as American Legion Baseball. He served many funerals in the Legion Honor Guard.

For many years, he helped veterans and their families in times of need at the Veteran's Hospital. He coached little league baseball and loved to play golf and bowl.

In 1999 he was honored as "Veteran of the Year" and very recently the clubhouse at the American Legion was renamed the "George Ball Activity Center."

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the V.F.W. and 40/8 organization.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Randy of El Dorado; one daughter, Georgann Anderson of El Dorado; one brother, Phillip Ball of Augusta; three sisters, Elizabeth Brown of Lincoln, Neb., Mella Nuttle of Newton and Helen Carlson of Wichita; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

A memorial has been established with the American Legion Edgar Dale Post #81. Contributions may be sent in care of Kirby-Morris Funeral Home. 
Transcribed and Contributed by Jan Reading

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