Kemmerer resident Arnold Ray Ball, age 92, passed away peacefully at South Lincoln Nursing Center on Saturday, July 21, 2018.
Ray’s story started on July 6, 1926, in Oakley, Wyo. He was the oldest of three children born to Arnold Lancelot and Annice Stonebraker Ball. When Ray was 15 years old, his family moved into Kemmerer from Oakley when the Oakley Mine closed. After graduating from Kemmerer High School in 1944, Ray was drafted into the U.S. Army on December 28, 1944. He was honorably dishcarged on October 5, 1946.
Ray was sealed for time and all eternity to his high school sweetheart, Shirley Teuscher, on January 5, 1948, in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised three children: Raeleen, Gordon Dee and William Wallace.
Working for the city of Kemmerer, Ray helped construct the Kemmerer Airport runway and fence before going to work for the U.S. Postal Service. Ray walked 18 miles every day greeting people and delivering mail door to door for many years. Scouting became his passion as he served with dedicated men and enthusiastic youth. In 1950, he was put in as Scout Master for Troop 16 in Kemmerer, serving until 1973. Camp New Fork became his summer home where he worked for 39 years first as the program director and eventually becoming the Camp Director. After retiring from the post office, he worked as a District Executive for the Jim Bridger Council, BSA for 18 years. He also served on the executive board for the Trapper Trails Council. He was a positive influence and relished the time he spent working with the young scouters and staff members during his years at Camp New Fork.
Ray is the recipient of multiple awards including Eagle Scout, Scouter’s Key, District Award of Merit, Woodbadge Training, Silver Beaver recipient, the Founders’ Award for Tatanka Lodge for the Order of the Arrow, and the Centurion Award in the Order of the Arrow. He was a vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. He attended multiple training sessions including Philmont Scout Ranch.
On June 8, 1991, Ray married Heather Youngberg in Kemmerer. They lived happily for 27 years together, and she was a blessing to him in his aging years. As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ray served in various callings including bishoprics, stake presidencies, stake high council, and high priest group leader.
Ray was an avid lover of the great outdoors and everything that existed there. He loved all of God’s creatures, and could recognize a bird by its song. Ray loved photography, and enjoyed capturing the beauty of the world we live in. Whether it was along the mail route, up at Camp New Fork, or just sitting in conversation, he brightened all those around him with his interpretation of Donald Duck. He was the best Donald Duck impersonator ever.
The scout motto is “Be Prepared,” and Ray was prepared to enter into the eternities. A life well lived, an example that will carry on in the lives of others, forever.
Ray is survived by his wife, Heather Ball, of Kemmerer; and his children: Raeleen (Brent) Roberts, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Gordon (Tammie Cook) Ball, of Rock Springs; and William (Jody Dixon) Ball of Kemmerer. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ray is preceded in death by his eternal companion, Shirley Teuscher Ball, their infant son, his parents, grandparents, brother Jim Ball, sister-in-law Gloria Ball, sister Betty Jean Ames, brother-in-law Jim Ames, and twin granddaughters Jessica and Alyssa Ball.
Memorial contributions may be made to the general missionary fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, C/O: Bishop Jason Skidmore, 1352 Uinta Drive, Kemmerer, Wyo., 83101. Checks may be made payable to the Kemmerer 2nd Ward, with the notation of general missionary fund.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Kemmerer LDS Stake Center on 1534 3rd West Ave. Visitation will also be held on Saturday, July 28, from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Stake Center. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kemmerer LDS Stake Center. Interment with full military honors will proceed services at the South Lincoln Cemetery in Kemmerer.