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Joseph Francis Ball, Jr
January 30, 2023
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Joseph Francis Ball, Jr. (Joe/Joey), died at the age of 76 on January 30, 2023 in Tidioute, PA. Joey was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Joseph F. Ball Sr. & Eloise A. (Lutz) Ball. He was an US Army Veteran, who served in the Vietnam War.
He was most at home at “the camp” in Tidioute, PA. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad, brother, cousins and friends. He was a member of the Beadling Sports Club, (Pittsburgh, PA), the VFW Post #8803 (Tidioute, PA), and the American Legion post #0334 (Tidioute, PA) where he enjoyed spending time with friends.
He is survived by his two daughters, Jody Jellison and her sons Zakary, Caleb, and Luke: Jamie Jo Blum and family. A brother Jay C. Ball (Barb) of Williamstown, NJ. A sister Eloise “Candy” Draksler (John) of Clermont, FL. His nephews Nicholas Draksler (Kelly, son Josh), Great Mills, MD, Jason Draksler (Danielle, son Aedan) of Nottingham, MD: and niece Carrie Ann Draksler of Edgewood, MD.
Buried in the Veterans Section at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Canonsburg, PA. Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman J. Wimer Funeral Home of Tionesta, PA.
The following is a tribute to Joe Ball written by a family member:
My Tribute to Joe Ball
Learning of Joe’s passing stirred memories galore
Along with being related; to me he was much more
He shared his skills, and his work was first class
Plus he had a special ability working with glass
From his dad Joe, he inherited a Ball family trait
In lending a hand to others; they didn’t hesitate
He made his truck available whenever the need
Beyond being family; he was a true friend indeed
His Vietnam Service—from which he never recovered
Changed his entire life as we regretfully discovered
His dealings with the VA were unfortunate frustrations
Changing his life-style as well as his friends and relations
He gained some solace through his love for the outdoors
With his hunting and fishing gang, along the Allegheny shores
We offer prayers, his passing provides comfort and peace
Now that any pains from his final days, will forever cease.