Joseph Alister Ball was born on July 19, 1947, to Alister “Al” and Maxine (Jefferson) Ball in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Joe died on Friday, August 3, 2018, at the Rose Vista Nursing Home in Woodbine, Iowa at the age of 71 years and 15 days.
Joe was raised near Woodbine and he graduated from Woodbine High School in 1965. He then attended the University of Nebraska and Dana College receiving a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Joe farmed with his parents.
Joe married Linda Kelley in 1967 at a Methodist Church in Omaha and the couple was blessed with three children. The family lived in Woodbine while Joe continued to farm.
Joe married Connie (Martin) Ramsey on December 12, 1981, at the United Methodist Church in Woodbine. Joe continued to farm. Joe and Connie were also the Woodbine Cemetery’s sextons and Joe was the groundskeeper for many years. Additionally, Joe sold monuments for Milacek Monuments and was also a Trustee for the Boyer Township.
Joe was a member of the United Methodist Church in Woodbine. He was active in the JayCees and served as the president. He later enjoyed being a member of the Optimist Club, an ASCS board member, and he served on the Woodbine School Board. Joe enjoyed selling sweet corn, golfing ~ especially with his Thursday morning group, and coaching the Little League teams for his son and grandsons.
Joe also enjoyed watching Star Wars and Godzilla movies. Most of all, Joe enjoyed following the activities of his kids and his grandkids.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, George Ball. He is survived by his wife, Connie Ball of Woodbine, Iowa; three children, Steve (Nita) Ball of Des Moines, Iowa, Leigh (Rick) Meeker and Kelly Smith all of Woodbine, Iowa; three step-children, Shelly (David) Cooper of Mondamin, Iowa, Todd (Kari) Ramsey of Omaha, Nebraska, Shalonn (Ray) Zach of Woodbine, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m.Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Woodbine. The clergy was Rev. Stephanie Cramer. The recorded musical selections were “My Old Man” by Zach Brown and “Ain’t Going Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up” by Garth Brooks.
The congregational hymn was “Here I Am Lord.” The honorary pall bearers were: Cydney Dickinson, Rachel Zach, Cortney Cooper and Delaney Ball. The pall bearers were: Cole Meeker, Spencer Ball, Cade Meeker, Skyler Ball, Cuy Meeker, Kael Smith, Sloan Smith, Cayne Meeker, Will Ramsey and Jude Ramsey. The final resting place will take place at a later date at the Woodbine Cemetery.
Fouts Funeral Home in Woodbine was in charge of the arrangements.