Frank Ball

January 3, 2019


BALL, Frank Joseph

July 8, 1932 – January 3, 2019


It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, Frank Ball. He was predeceased by his parents Adam and Magdelina Ball; brothers-in-law John Fuchs and Edward Dielschneider; parents-in-law Mannie and Minnie Hauck; and sister-in-law Etta Schatz. Frank leaves behind his loving wife Eileen (nee Hauck); children Janice (Don) Tyndall, Wyatt, Mitch and Jesse; Joanne Fullerton, Tad; Marty Ball (Sara Shymko), Alexandra and Jordyn; Keith (Glenda) Ball, Jacob and Matthew; brothers and sisters Katherine Dielschneider, Daniel (Donna) Ball, Rose Fuchs, Helen Ball, Albert (Lorraine) Ball, Pauline (Neil) Mooney, Val (Grace) Ball and Joe (Marj) Ball; brother-in-law Bruno (Phyllis) Schatz; and numerous nieces and nephews. Frank Joseph Ball was born on July 8, 1932 on the family farm at Dilke, SK to Adam and Magdelina (nee Anheliger) Ball. Growing up he played baseball and hockey and spent many seasons ice fishing on Long Lake. He left the farm and pursued different careers until he attended Auctioneer School in Mason City, Iowa. He was an auctioneer at the Union Stockyards in St. Boniface, MB before moving to Saskatoon in 1963. On August 15, 1964, he married Eileen Hauck and they were blessed with four children. Frank auctioned at the Western Stockyards in Saskatoon, until moving to Regina in 1971. He returned to Saskatoon in 1974, where he remained with Saskatoon Livestock Sales (formerly Western Stockyards) until his retirement in 1997. Frank learned to play the accordion at a young age but took a greater interest in it after marrying Eileen. In 1971, they formed The Frank Ball Band. Frank spent many years playing for weddings, dances and Polkafests where he made many lasting friendships. Frank was well known throughout the Polkafest community for his music. Travelling the western provinces gave him the opportunity to play the music he loved and also dance to other bands. He retired from playing in 2009 but never retired from his accordion. He would spend hours playing just for the enjoyment of it. His other passions included family history, the history of his hometown, Dilke, and watching his grandsons play hockey and compete in gymnastics. He was an avid Saskatchewan Roughrider fan and loved to play Kaiser with his “Polka” friends. His latest accomplishment was mastering the braiding of bull whips! On April 8, 2017, Frank suffered a massive stroke and as a result, he resided at Extendicare nursing home until his peaceful passing on January 3, 2019. The family would like to thank the staff of Extendicare nursing home for the loving care they gave Frank during his stay, as well as the thoughtfulness they showed his family. Frank will be missed by all who shared in his life. A Polka Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family (123 Nelson Road) in Saskatoon. Frank will be put to rest in the Columbarium at St. John’s in an urn built by his son Marty at Frank’s request. In lieu of flowers, gratefully, we ask that you please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.                                  

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