John Rufus Ball Jr. Obituary

  • John Rufus Ball Jr.
    In Loving Memory of

    John Rufus Ball Jr.

    Birth Date: Nov 7th, 1922 Death Date: Jan 28th, 2015
    John R. Ball, Jr., 92, passed away Wednesday, January 28,2015 in Dallas, Texas. Services will be held Tuesday, February 3 at 9:30 am at Flower Mound Family Funeral Home with interment services held at the DFW NationalCemetery at 11:30 am. Mr. Ball was born in Austin, Texas, onNovember 7, 1922, to Alberta and John R. Ball. He graduatedfrom Sunset High School in Dallas and was a member of theClass of 1944 at The Agricultural and Mechanical College ofTexas (now Texas A&M University). The entire class of ’44volunteered for active duty during World War II, and those whoreturned, graduated in 1947. During the war, Mr. Ball served inthe 1696 Engineer Combat Battalion, B Company. He graduatedwith a BS in Civil Engineering in 1947. Mr. Ball earned hisMaster’s degree in Municipal and Sanitary Engineering in1948, receiving the first-ever grant by the Texas AMC CivilEngineering Department for graduate studies. He thenenlisted in the Army Reserves and served 25 months in theCombat Engineers, retiring as Captain. He taught in theengineering department at Texas AMC and later taughtsurveying at Arlington State College, now UTA. He became aRegistered Professional Engineer in 1951 and a RegisteredPublic Surveyor in 1956. Mr. Ball then began a long career as anindependent consulting engineer in Arlington. Some of hisprojects included Indian Hills, Shady Valley, The Oaks, andTiffany Park. Mr. Ball became the first private consultingengineer for Las Colinas and worked to develop all land southof Highway 114. He served six years as an Arlington CityCouncilman. Mr. Ball enjoyed spending time at his ranch inJacksboro, Texas, raising Longhorn cattle. He served asPresident of the Texas Longhorn Breeder’s Association fortwo years, during which time he conceived and developed thewell remembered Texas Longhorn Trail Drive running daily duringthe 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas. He had many outdoor interests and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He alsodelighted in creating carefully engineered welded iron tables forfriends and loved ones. His cactus garden and yard art was a source of joy. Mr. Ball was preceded in death by his two sons, David RufusBall and Richard Douglas Ball. He is survived by his wife of36 years, Beverly, of Flower Mound; his daughter JudyPrather (Harold) of Burleson; sisters Mary Helen Reynoldsand Catherine Borgstedt of Arlington; stepdaughter AllisonCaldwell of Flower Mound; stepsons Don Caldwell (Terry) ofGranbury, Steve Caldwell (Beth) of Ft. Worth, Scott Caldwell(Nikki) of Fort Worth; grandchildren Kristin Kell (Scott) ofHouston, Patrick Prather (Rachel) of Richardson, Aaron Ball(Lauren) of Prosper, Shonnie Ball of Washington, D.C., HilaryEly (Hervey) of Haslett, Laura Hall (Cade) of Mansfield, Nathan Ball of Fort Worth, Daniel Caldwell of Irving, Cassie Woodlee (Kevin) of Cresson, Sarah Vaughn (Brett) of Granbury, Dylan and Ethan Caldwell of Fort Worth, and Bryan and Matthew Caldwell of Pascagoula, MS. He was blessed with fourteen great grandchildren. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials bemade to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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