James "Jim" Leslie Ball, 84, passed away Friday, June 9, 2017, surrounded by his family. Jim was born Aug. 4, 1932, to Leslie James Ball and Lillian (Priddy) Ball in Kearney, Neb. He was the youngest of three siblings. He grew up on the family ranch in Kearney. He attended Kearney State College.
Jim married the love of his life, Delores (Richardson) Ball, on March 25, 1951. She survives him. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters, DeeAnn (Ball) Page and her husband John of Terre Haute and Sue (Ball) Wolfert and her husband Bob of Bryan, Texas.
During the war years Jim worked at the munitions plant in Grand Island, Neb., making munitions for the war effort. He then worked installing telephone lines across rural Nebraska. The family briefly lived in Goodland, Kan., before moving to Omaha, Neb., where he managed supermarkets for many years. In 1968 he moved to Livonia, Mich., as sales manager for Fairmont Foods. He was transferred to Terre Haute in 1969 with Chesty Foods. In 1974 he opened Checkered Flag Body Shop and Car Reconditioning in Terre Haute. A few years later he added a specialty truck accessory line to his business which he owned for 37 years. He retired in 2011.
Jim dearly loved his family. He leaves five grandchildren, Leslie (Page) Mikolajczyk, Michael Page and his wife Mindy, Jamie (Wolfert) Bomnskie and her husband Brent, Matthew Wolfert and his wife Shannon and Laura (Page) Maynard and her husband Marty, and 11 great-grandchildren, Nicole, Autumn and Hailey Mikolajczyk of Terre Haute, Braden, Kambrie, Brogan and Rilyn Bomnskie of Bryan Texas, Avery and Graham Page of Noblesville, and Sean and Page Maynard of Terre Haute.
His favorite pastime was turning his beautifully landscaped backyard into a bird and wildlife sanctuary. He loved spending time with his family.
Preceding him in death are his parents and two sisters. His beloved dog, Rudy, passed away several days before Jim.
Jim will be missed terribly. He was always quick with a joke and loved doing card tricks around his family. In Jim's later years he loved to visit and play with his great-grandchildren, who always brought a smile to his face. Jim was always happy and full of life.
There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations sent to Camp Wabashi, 3525 E. Harlan Drive, Terre Haute, IN 47802; or the North Belize Medical Mission, 1600 E. 29th St., Bryan, TX 77802.
Published on  June 12, 2017