GENEVA — The Lord released our beloved Husband and Father, William Ball, from his suffering to eternal peace, love and happiness on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. He was surrounded by his family who will miss and love him dearly.
A resident of Geneva, Bill was born Sept. 23, 1931, in Flemington, W.Va., the son of Alice (Bland) and Harold E. Ball. He later married Gayle Piantanida in Cherry Valley, Ohio on Jan. 28, 1956.
Bill was proud of his service to our country during Korea serving in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954. He was an inspector at Reliance Electric for many years before retiring in 1987. He also worked in maintenance for Geneva Area City Schools. A member of Assumption Catholic Church in Geneva, as well as the Knights of Columbus, Geneva/ Madison Council #5286. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2243.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gayle Ball, six children, Karen (Ron) Carimi, Koreen Ball, Connie (Deronda) Strickland, Laurie (Ron) Donatone, Bill (Jenny) Ball and James (Sue) Ball; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Delores (Burl) Moore, Mary (Lee) Daubenspeck and Joyce Walters; two brothers, Gorden (Dale) Ball and Fred Burtt.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jason Von Craine; mother, Alice (Walter) Burtt; father, Harold Ball; brothers, Ray Ball and William Burtt; as well as his sister, Ellen Bullis.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29th, at THE BEHM FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 175 S. Broadway, Geneva, Ohio.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30th, at Assumption Catholic Church, 594 W. Main St., Geneva. The Rev. Melvin Rusnak will officiate the Service. Military Honors will be observed at Evergreen Cemetery in Geneva following the Funeral Mass.
The family suggest contributions in Bill’s name to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or The National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, N.Y. 10605.
Online obituary at www.behmfuneral.com and starbeacon.com.