Clifford C. “Cliff” Ball
Clifford C. “Cliff” Ball

VENEDOCIA, Ohio — Clifford C. “Cliff” Ball, 75, of rural Venedocia, died at 9:54 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, in the St. Rita’s Medical Center following a sudden illness.

He was born June 28, 1939, near Venedocia, a son of Cletus J. and Twila M. Prine Ball, who are deceased.

On Dec. 27, 1957, he married Donna R. Nighswander, who survives, along with three children: James C. Ball of Okinawa, Japan, Patricia J. (J.W.) Hayes of Gahanna and Richard J. Ball of Venedocia; five grandchildren: Matthew and Nichole Hayes of Gahanna and Natalie (Jesse) Mackey of Xenia, Jennifer (Josh) Sherrick of Elida and Susan Ball of Spencerville; three great-grandchildren: Abby Mackey, David Ball Redding and Chloe Sherrick; a brother: Michael “Mick” (Beth Ann) Ball of Worthington, and Noreen (Dave) Giuliani of Xenia.

His daughter-in-law, Yoshiko Ball, and a brother, Ron (Barb) Ball, preceded him in death.

Cliff was a 1957 graduate of Spencerville High School and was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Spencerville and had served in the Ohio National Guard. Along with farming he retired as a salesman with the Moorman Feed and Equipment Company after 20 years in the Mercer, Van Wert, Auglaize and Allen Counties. He had also worked for USS AgriChemical in Delphos, P. & L. Fertilizer in Middle Point, Rural Machine and Iron and Tom Monfort Carpentry, both in Spencerville. He especially enjoyed carpentry, fishing, gardening, coon hunting, Thursday night family cookouts, and talking with folks and was also a beekeeper.

Funeral sevices will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, Deacon Robert Nighswander officiating. Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery.

Friends may call 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Assn.

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