Douglas Eugene BallDouglas Eugene Ball, 62, of Glencoe, Minn., passed away Sunday, July 28, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minn.
Douglas Eugene Ball, 62, of Glencoe, Minn., passed away Sunday, July 28, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minn.
Douglas Eugene Ball was born on Aug. 11, 1950, in Slayton, Minn. He was the son of Delbert and Gordenna (Priebe) Ball. Douglas was baptized as an infant at Trinity Lutheran Church in Slayton, Minn., and later reaffirmed his faith on Nov. 22, 1988, by Rev. Harvey Kath at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minn. Douglas received his education in Silver Bay, Minn., was a graduate of the Silver Bay High School Class of 1968.
On March 9, 1971, Douglas was united in marriage to Beverly Granlund by a justice of the peace in Beaver Bay. He grew up in Slayton and Silver Bay. Douglas and Beverly made their home in Beaver Bay, Silver Bay, Hutchinson and Glencoe, Minn.
Their marriage was blessed with three children: Kim, Shawn and Colleen. Douglas and Beverly were blessed with over 42 years of marriage.
Douglas worked on the ore boats, farmed with his brother, Erick, also worked at Jim Hanson’s Construction, Dura Supreme, Hutchinson Manufacturing, Glencoe Manufacturing, Glencoe Creamery, Buffalo Lake Ethanol and then in 2000, at Bongards Creamery as a boiler operator until he retired in 2013. He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Douglas was also a member of Teamsters Union 471.
Douglas enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, eagles and playing the lottery scratch off games. Samantha enjoyed the common joke of being his favorite granddaughter, because of course she was the only one. Tyler enjoyed attending the annual Back to the 50’s car show where they switched off riding the scooter. Cullen enjoyed watching WWE wrestling with him where they became wrestling buddies for life. Hunter enjoyed being his little mechanic; the job always took twice as long as they were trying to locate the tools. Douglas cherished the time spent with his friends and family.
He is now with his best friend, Gary Piehl, sitting in the S.S. Minnow, enjoying each other’s company. Doug and Gary, aka the Skipper and Gilligan, were best friends for over 40 years. They did many activities together and with their families.
Blessed be his memory.
Douglas is survived by his Wife Beverly Ball of Glencoe, Minn.; Children, Kim Ball of Glencoe, Minn., Shawn Ball of Monticello, Minn., Colleen Ball of Glencoe, Minn.; Grandchildren, Samantha Ball of Monticello, Minn., Tyler Ball of Monticello, Minn., Cullen Lukes of Glencoe, Minn., Hunter Lukes of Glencoe, Minn.; Brother, Erick Ball of Morgan, Minn.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Douglas is preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Gordenna Ball.
Memorial services will be held Friday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m., at Sychar Lutheran Church in Silver Bay, with interment following the service at Sawtooth Mountain Cemetery in Beaver Bay Township with clergy officiating: Rev. Stewart Carlson, organist; Kathy Toland, congregational hymns: “Amazing Grace,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Jesus Loves Me.” Urn bearers are: Douglas’ grandchildren: Samantha Ball, Tyler Ball, Cullen Lukes and Hunter Lukes.
The family invites everyone to the luncheon at the church immediately following the committal service.
Arrangements by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe.
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