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Mr. Earl R. "Pete" Ball

Mr. Earl R. "Pete" Ball
  • December 24, 1923 - April 28, 2017
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“We are so sad to hear about Pete's passing. I have such vivid memories of him visiting Grandma and Grandpa Burrett, and telling stories, laughing...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Paul Bloese - Williamston, MI

“Dear Dad: You are finally at peace and in no more pain. We know Mama has been watching over you these last few years, and it fills our hearts with...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Cheryl Craft - Battle Creek, MI

“Pete was a very hard worker. He worked whenever he was scheduled at his job.In winter he would clear his block of snow on the side walk.He put wood...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Bob Hamilton - Battle Creek, MI

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Earl R. "Pete" Ball, age 93, of Battle Creek, died peacefully at his home on Friday morning, April 28, 2017. Pete was born on December 24, 1923 in Bellevue, MI and was the son of Jesse C. and Mildred E. (Cooley) Ball. Pete worked at Grand Trunk Railroad and retired from the Kellogg Co. in 1987 after more than 47 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on small engines, helping other people, and spending time with his family.

On June 18, 1944, in Battle Creek, Pete was united in marriage to Phyllis L. Daly; she sadly preceded him in death on March 18, 2009. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl P. (James) Craft of Battle Creek; his son, Gary R. (Jackie) Ball of Holland, MI; two grandsons, Matthew E. and Jeffrey A. Ball; his great- granddaughters, Meghan K. Ball, Emma Ball, and a great-grandson Ryan Ball; his sister, Anne Blose of Florida. Pete was also preceded in death by his parents, Jesse C. Ball and Mildred (Maurice) Burrett; his grandson, Tony on February 4, 2007; and his brothers, Harold, Neil, Clare Ball, and sister, Alice Thompson.

The family will receive friends 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 2nd at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Funeral services to celebrate Pete's life will be held 1:30 p.m., Tuesday in the chapel at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Pete's honor may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Personal messages for the family may be placed at