OBITUARY: LARRY BALL
December 30, 2011
LARRY BALL went to be with the Lord on November 18th, 2011 in Auburn, CA. He was surrounded by family and loved ones. He is survived by his wife Linda and her family, his 3 children and their spouses, Craig & Kebbra Ball & Brad & Kimberly Stoker of South Lake Tahoe, CA, Chris Ball and Liz Krom of Tempe, AZ and siblings Don Ball, Kathy Becknell-Garcia & Ed Garcia, and Carolyn Schommer. Larry had grandchildren Tarra Anderson, Kyle Stoker, Megan & Braden Ball and a great-grandchild, Micah Fetters.
Larry was born in 1935 in Cunningham, Kansas. He was the oldest of 4 siblings. He attended Cunningham HS, and college at KU in Lawrence, KS. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity there. He spent his entire career working in Human Resources, as well as owning many small businesses.
Larry’s greatest passion (of many) was for his family. He gave his love to all whom his life touched, and was the driving force behind many Ball Family Reunions. His favorite place to be was surrounded by family and friends. He gave his children and grandchildren a love of nature, outdoors and the mountains, his amazing work ethic and integrity.
In 1985, Larry and family took a camping trip to South Lake Tahoe. In the next 2 years, Kimberly, then Craig moved to Tahoe. Larry was a homeowner and frequent visitor to Tahoe and moved there permanently in 2000. He was a member of the Kiwanis Sunrisers group in SLT and worked all the events. He helped get a “Boot Camp for new Dads” going at Barton Memorial Hospital, and loved being a part of the South Shore Community. He liked to sail his sailboat on Lake Tahoe. He was an amazing horseman and loved to ride.
Larry was a Christian, had most recently attended Lake Tahoe Christian Fellowship, and went on mission trips to Bolivia and South Africa to help build churches in underprivileged neighbor-hoods. He was always interested in helping others, and most recently had been President of the White Hat Club for the Auburn Lake Trails Community, a club devoted to helping the elderly people living in the Trails, with yard work and repairs.
He will be forever remembered as a wonderful father, husband, brother, uncle, cousin and good friend, and humanitarian….
Come to a Cowboy Gathering Celebration of Larry’s Life on January 21, 2012 from 2pm-5pm at 1641 Winding Oak Lane in El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. Wear your cowboy duds if you’d like ! Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Larry’s name to the Kiwanis Sunriser’s Group or to Wounded Warriors, his favorite charity.