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John F. Ball, 52, farmer living 2 and half miles north of New London, passed away at his home Monday morning [September 14, 1953] at 6:10 after suffering a heart attack. John Frank Ball, son of Mary Totemeier and Abraham Lincoln Ball, was born Oct. 29, 1900 at New London, Ia. For the past 11 years he has resided on the present homestead and was widely known in the diary industry. He was married Dec. 5, 1923 at Mt. Pleasant, Ia., to Gladys Morrow.
Mr. Ball was a member of the New London Presbyterian Church. Besides Mrs. Ball he is survived by 2 sons: Wendell Arthur Ball, Mt. Pleasant, and Dwight LeRoy Ball at home, two grandchildren and the following brothers and sister: Chas F. Ball, Walter S. Ball and Mrs. Bessie Joy, all of New London. One son, two brothers and one sister predeceased him. Services: Friday at 2 p.m. at the Elliott Chapel at New London: Rev. Eldon L. Seamands, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial in Burge Cemetery. Casket bearers: John McKinnon, Hugh McKinnon, Howard Ritchey, Jeems Hookum, Arthur Conrad and Harold Lee. Songs by Carl Totemeier “Goodnight and Good morning” and “The Lords Prayer” accompanied by Mrs. Carl Totemeier.
The Mount Pleasant News, September 15, 1953
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman