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Tom E. Ball

December 25, 1930 — December 3, 2019


Tom E. Ball, 88 of Elkhart, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born Dec. 25, 1930 in Elkhart to Everett and Josephine R. (Wolf) Ball. He married Joanne A. Reed on July 8, 1951. He is survived by his wife Joanne and 5 children, Randall J. Ball, Jolene (Richard) Cawley, Kathy (Thomas) Cardwell, Michael R. (Robert Harris) Ball and Timothy E. (Kevin Notter) Ball; 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Ronald G. and Jerry Ball and his parents.

Tom retired as a Tool and Die maker for Star Machine Co. after many years. He then worked in sales for Trailer Town Trailer Sales. He was a hard worker and always put his family first. Tom was the most overly generous, always giving, honest, strong-willed, and outlandishly stubborn man with absolutely no filter whatsoever, to whom we’ve all had the pleasure to know, love, and of course, admire.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 3-5 pm Tuesday, Dec. 17th at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd. Elkhart.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Ronald McDonald House, South Bend, Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the Ball family at the funeral home website.


Wounded Warrior Project
PO BOX 758516, Topeka KS 66675-8516

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Ronald McDonald House of South Bend
610 N. Michigan Street, Ste. 310, South Bend IN 46601

To send flowers to the family in memory of Tom E. Ball, please visit our flower store.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home

1531 Cobblestone Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514

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