Robert Ball

Robert Ball

Saturday, September 16th, 1933 Thursday, October 1st, 2020

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Obituary for Robert R "Bobby" Ball

Alpha – Robert “Bobby” R. Ball, 87, of Alpha, Mich. passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020, at Iron County Medical Care Facility, Crystal Falls, Mich.

He was born on September 16, 1933, in Alpha, son of the late Walter and Pauline (Angeli) Ball. Robert grew up in Alpha and graduated from Alpha High School, class of 1951. He entered the US Air Force in 1952 and served as Chief Master Sergeant during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge in 1979. He married Gwyneth “Dee” Gardner on September 13, 1997, in Crystal Falls. Robert attended the University of Maryland where he received his Associate degree. He worked for the Iron County Department of Social Services from 1984 until he retired in 1994. Robert was a member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Crystal Falls; life member of the Alpha Mastodon VFW, where he was a past commander of the 15th district VFW; he served as Treasurer of the Crystal Falls Lions Club; he served on the board of directors for the Alpha Mastodon Community Credit Union and was past president of the Village of Alpha.

He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years Dee; two daughters Kelly (Brian) Coady, Green Bay, Wis. and Marlayne (Richard Jr.) Mattlock, Ariz.; two brothers James (Kathy) Ball, Crystal Falls, Mich., and Larry (Peggy) Ball, Camden, Del.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by three brothers Walter “Slip”, Clifford “Chick” Albert “Puffer” Ball; one sister Judy Ball.

Private graveside service will be held. Burial will be held in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Crystal Falls, Mich. The Eastside Veterans Council will accord military honors at graveside.

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Jim Rossi

Jim and Larry and the Ball family,
I was sorry to read of bob's passing! My memories of him as an outstanding basketball player at Alpha HS rank him right up at the top! When he retired and moved back, he worked hard to keep the vets in the news and parades. He took over for my dad as time went on!! My condolences to the family!
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