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James "Jamie" Ball

James "Jamie" Byron Ball, 67, of Sioux Falls, SD, died Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Sanford Hospital, in Sioux Falls. Jamie was born June 23, 1944 to Byron J. and Evelyn (Wolf) Ball in Sioux Falls. He attended Cathedral Grade school, graduating from O'Gorman High School in 1963. He enlisted in the Navy May of 1964, serving during the Vietnam War, on the U.S.S. Nicholas, the U.S.S. Canberra and a river Swift gun boat. Jamie was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Good Conduct Medal for active service ending 21 May, 1968. He attained a rating of E-5, Quartermaster/Navigator; transferred to the to Naval Reserve and Honorably Discharged from the US Armed Services 21, May 1970. During his working career, Jamie was employed by The Argus Leader, Sioux Printing and Community Development of Sioux Falls. An active outdoors-man, he participated in hunting and fishing all his adult life until health issues caused his retirement from these endeavors and work in 1996. Jamie is survived by his first wife: Val Warne Koch: their daughter: Jessica, her husband, Houston Fields; Jamie's second wife: Margie Meyer Ball; Molly and Emily as issue from this marriage, and stepson: Mason; grandchildren: Tyler, Chelsea and Brianna Fields, and Bradley, Drake and Lily Pearl Ball. He is also survived by two sisters: Chloe (Ball) Schneider of Sioux Falls, SD, and Janine (Ball) Welsh of Bloomington, ILL.; as well as many nieces and nephews and his beloved Golden Retriever: "Daisy-Dog" Visitation will be Tuesday November 8, with family present from 6 to 8 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Mass Of The Resurrection will be Wednesday, November 9 at 11 AM, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Private family interment at St. Michael Cemetery with Full Military Honors will be later in the week. If desired, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 108 East 38th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57105

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