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BALL, William C. 1928-2011


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 11/1/2011 at 23:47:17

[Waterloo Courier, Thursday, September 1, 2011]

William C. Ball (Bill) passed away of Alzheimer's disease on Aug. 1, 2011, surrounded by his family. Bill was born in Cedar Rapids on Dec. 1, 1928, to Marie Hannon and Clifford Ball. He had one brother, Robert Ball.

Bill began playing tennis in his teens and the game became his lifelong passion. He played throughout the Midwest developing a reputation as one of the top players of the time.

After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1951, where he was a member of the tennis team, he served from 1951-53 in the Korean War as an officer in the U.S. Army.

In 1956 Bill received his J.D. from the University of Iowa and was admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association the same year. He served as the county attorney of Black Hawk County from 1961 to 1964, and as the executive assistant to the governor of Iowa from 1968 to 1969. Bill then practiced law in Waterloo until 1986.

Bill served on the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws and was a member of the Iowa Commission on Continuing Legal Education. He was a member of the Black Hawk County, First Judicial District, Iowa State and American Bar Associations, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association and was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In 1986 Bill retired and moved to Aspen, Colo., where he had regularly visited since the mid-1950s. He loved life in Aspen and took full advantage of the mountains and all that the town had to offer, especially skiing and tennis. In the 1990s he became an internationally ranked senior tennis player, traveling the world and making great friends along the way.

Bill served on the Pitkin County Planning and Zoning Commission and worked as a ski instructor at Buttermilk Mountain.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Ball; his children's mother, Nancy Norvell Ball; his children, Jenifer (Michael) Lindsay, Christopher Ball and Benjamin Ball; as well as his grandchildren, Abigail and Hayden Reilly; his sister-in-law, Charleen Ball; nieces Cassie Togneri, Sarah Larson and Jessica Duininck; nephew Michael Ball; cousins Mary Ellen Bickel and John and David Maresh; as well as several great-nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of Bill's life on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Hearst Center for the Arts, 304 West Seerley Boulevard, Cedar Falls 50613.

Donations can be made in the name of William C. Ball to the Alzheimer's Association of America.


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