Dec. 31, 1927-July 4, 2004
BENKELMAN -- Emmanuel Phillip Ball, 76, died Sunday (July 4, 2004) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
He was born Dec. 31, 1927, to Alec and Elizabeth (Yede) Ball in Denver, Colo. He grew up in the Denver area. He served during World War II in the Merchant Marines and returned to Denver after he was discharged.
On Sept. 14, 1946, he married Lois Hendrickson in Denver. He owned and operated a produce truck and made deliveries throughout the Denver area for many years. After a heart attack in 1976, he retired from trucking and learned to be a locksmith. The family then moved to Longmont, Colo., where he owned his own lock shop. In 1995, the couple moved to Benkelman.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benkelman, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Larry Ball; sister, Veronica Kramer; brother, Fred Ball; granddaughter, Tamara Jenik; and brothers-in-law, Rusty Kreutzer and Ted Brown.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Ball of Benkelman; daughter, Phyllis Howard and husband, Ken of McDonald; sisters, Katherine Kreutzer of Denver and Mary Brown of Longmont; brother, All Ball and wife, Helen of Denver; and three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial is Thursday, 10 a.m., at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Gary Brethour officiating. Interment will be in Benkelman Cemetery.
The rosary will be recited Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the church.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.