Ball, Carl Arthur (Art), Brant, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Thursday, August 19, 2010 at the age of 71 years at Henry Ford Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Art was born September 30, 1938 in Saginaw, Michigan, to the late Carl and Vera (Enos) Ball. He married Marion A. Jahn on December 12, 1959 in Saginaw, Michigan. She survives him. Art and Marion had three children: Kathy (Kevin) McInerney, Suzette Williams, and Jason (Leslie) Ball and were blessed with five grandchildren (all his favorites): Kelly, Ryan, Stacie, Shelley, and Jason; he is also survived by a brother, Robert (Wilma) Ball; a sister, Ruth Parker; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jean Jahn, Elaine Recker, Evelyn (Ray) Sutphen, Phyllis (Sam) Byrd, Harry (Glenys) Jahn, and Robert (Sherry) Jahn; several nieces and nephews; two dear aunts, Esther Ball and Ann Enos, and many friends. Carl was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Bashaw, and two brothers-in-law, Allen Parker and Robert Recker. Art graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1957 and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps for six years, serving from 1959 to 1965. He retired from Delphi Corporation in May 2000, with over 31 years of service as a skilled trades Toolmaker. There he had three very special friends that made up “Carl’s Harem” - Joanie, Kathy, and Tammy. Art loved to hunt and fish with his son and nephews, but had to give it up due to health reasons. He also loved to challenge “Freddie” to a hot game of cribbage, as well as read Western books and tinker in his garage. He never lost interest in debating with his woman that he loved as much as the first day he met her, and worshipped his grandchildren who were the other loves of their Papa ’s life. He touched the hearts of everyone he knew and will be remembered for his stubbornness, always needing to be in control, yet always teasing everyone around him. Art’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Alani, Dr. Jundi and the Covenant Hospital ICCU nurses, Gretchen and Dana, and the loving passionate care of the Cardiovascular ICU staff at Henry Ford Hospital. Funeral service will take place at 12:00 noon Monday, August 23, 2010 at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty). Rev. Douglas Kahl will officiate. Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens where Military Honors will be presented. Friends may call at the funeral home where the family will be present on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the American Diabetes Association or to the wishes of the family.