SUNBURY — It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eugene W. “Gene” Ball, 92, of Sunbury, on Monday, April 29, 2019. He passed away at St. Ann’s Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Gene was born March 1, 1927, in Ironton, son of the late Evan W. and Flora (Lycans) Ball. After Flora’s passing, Gene’s Dad married Mary P. Patton, who quickly became Gene’s Mom.
Eugene served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific theater. After serving in the Army and returning to civilian life, Eugene became a draftsman working for the Rockwell Corporation and later for Lennox Industries. Gene won countless awards for his innovative solutions to problems while with Rockwell, and was especially proud to have worked on the B1 bomber project.
A longtime member of Genoa Baptist Church, Gene was a quiet, soft spoken and humble man that maintained a good sense of humor and served as a father figure to many. Family members say that he instilled a sense of well-being in others, and that things were taken care of. Gene enjoyed classic car shows, particularly those “drive-ins” in which he could show his beloved Cadillac, and charitable car show events sponsored by Earth Angel. Gene also enjoyed gardening, and was known around the neighborhood as “Mr. Fix It,” never shying away from a tough home or car project.
Eugene is survived by his loving wife of nearly 28 years, Crystal D. (Griffith) Ball; son, Robert Ball, Cincinnati; sister, Darlene (Wesley) Starr, Palm Springs, CA; and granddaughter, Jamie Ball. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his first wife, Merilu (Arrington); sons, Christopher and James; brothers, Duran and Evan; and sister, Dorothy.
Friends may call Thursday, May 2, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North St. Rt. 61 at St. Rt. 3, Sunbury. Services will immediately follow, officiated by Pastor Frank Carl. Interment service will be held at Sunbury Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Eugene’s memory may be made to the Genoa Baptist Church, 7562 Lewis Center Road, Westerville, OH 43082.
The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Ball family. Special memories and condolences may be expressed to them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.