LLOYD C. BALL, 90, of Woodburn, Allen County, died Saturday, April 7, 2007, at 8:30 p.m., at Village of Heritage Nursing Home, Monroeville. Born February 24, 1917, in Monroeville, he was the son of the late Charles C. Ball and Etta Bell Murfield. He married Vivian, V. (Maddox) Ball on June 4, 1946, in Georgia.
He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, Ohio; lifetime member of American Legion Post 420, Monroeville where he was a former Color Guard member; lifetime member of V.F.W. 2457, New Haven.
He was a veteran of World War II, having enlisted in the U.S. Army in January of 1942 and being honorably discharged in September of 1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a Tank Commander in the 741st Tank Battalion, seeing action in the Normandy Invasion on D-Day. He was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star for valor and also the Purple Heart for being wounded in action.
He was a lifelong farmer who also enjoyed woodworking, reading, and mowing his lawn.
Surviving are his wife, Vivian V. Ball of Monroeville, Indiana; son, Armond J. “Arnie” (Sandy) Ball of Fort Wayne; daughter, Kathleen J. Mott of Antwerp, Ohio; son, John L. (Darlene) Ball of Woodburn; daughter, Mrs. Nicholas (Jone L.) Nicholoff of Monroeville; sister, Rosetta Skinner of Newport News, Virginia; brother, Eugene A. Ball of Columbia City; sister, Beatrice Daniels of Monroeville; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Charles K. “Kenny” Ball, Ray Ball, Corless B. “Skeeter” Ball, and James Ball; one sister, Edith Littlejohn; one great-grandson, Joshua Bohde (infant).
Service was 11 a.m. Wednesday in Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, III South Water St., Monroeville, with visitation one-hour prior. Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.Burial will be held at a later date in the Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C., graveside military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post 420 Color Guard.
Preferred memorials Monroeville E.M.S.; American Legion Post 420 Color Guard.