Ray Ball

Obituary of Ray A. Ball

Ray A. Ball 1950-2022 Ray A. Ball, 71, St Joseph MO, passed away March 15th, 2022, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Ray was born in Fairfax MO and was a 1968 graduate of Fairfax High School. He also obtained a BS degree from Northwest Missouri State University. Following his graduation from NWMSU, he taught at Nodaway Holt High School where he also coached the Nodaway-Holt Trojanettes basketball team for 4 years. Ray left his teaching career in 1976 to pursue a career in banking. He joined the Missouri Division of Finance where he was a state bank examiner in the Brookfield MO district. In October 1978, Ray was named Assistant Vice President of First Midwest Bank in Maryville MO. where he resided for several years. In 1987 he moved his family to Warrensburg MO where he worked for FDIC and later for Carlyle Van Lines. Aside from his work career, Ray was an avid sports fan and was a lifetime St Louis Cardinals fan as well as a Mizzou Tiger fan. He also loved to be involved with his sons’ sports activities throughout their school years in Warrensburg and took great pride in talking about his 3 grandsons’ sports and academic accomplishments. In recent years, Ray was afflicted with ill health and moved to St Joseph MO in May 2019 where he was cared for by his sister and nephew. Ray was preceded in death by parents, Marion and Phyllis Ball. Ray is survived by sons; Matthew (Erin)Ball, Auburn Alabama, and Patrick Ball, Independence MO.; grandsons, Camden Ball, Braden Ball and Cason Ball, Auburn AL.; brother, Steve (Sheryl) Ball, Urbandale IA.; sister, Jane Hughes, St Joseph; one niece and numerous nephews, great nieces and great nephews. A special thank you to the staff at Diversicare on N.18th St. and to Mosaic Hospice, especially Jason and Missy, for Ray’s abiding care for the last 6 months. Cremation under the direction of Simplify Cremations & Funerals. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Online guest book and obituary at www.simplifyfunerals.com.
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