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Weerts Funeral Home

3625 Jersey Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA

OBITUARY

Michal Ball

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Michal (Mike) Ball, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 75.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Weerts Funeral Home, Jersey Ridge and Kimberly. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 4-7 PM at Weerts Funeral Home, there will also be visitation starting at 9:30 AM before the service. Memorials in Mike’s name may be made to Café on Vine or to the Oakdale Christian Academy in Jackson, KY.

Mike was born in 1944 in Cadillac, MI to Dale and Josephine (Mellinger) Ball. He graduated in 1962 from Cadillac High School where he played varsity sports. In 1964, Mike married Linda Jean Zakrajsek. Together they raised five children of their own and opened their hearts and home to countless others. Mike began his work career as a painter and then worked 15 years at Fisher Body (General Motors) before moving to Iowa to attend Vennard Bible College in University Park. He graduated in 1987 with a degree in pastoral ministries. He also attended Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, MS. He pastored churches in Jemison, AL, Columbus, MS and Creston, IA. During his years of ministry, he spent three of them at Oakdale Christian High School in Jackson, KY, where he and Jean were dorm parents. He was the administrator of the grounds and was a loving example of faith and family to all students. His example made an impact on lives of many of the students, which still resonates with them today. He retired to Bettendorf, IA in 1998, where he was passionate about volunteering for Café on Vine, a community meal center.

Mike was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed any opportunity to go fishing and hunting with friends and family. He loved all people and was known for his smile and his encouragement to draw closer to the Lord. He loved to laugh, he loved a good conversation, and he loved a good meal.

Survivors include his wife, (Linda) Jean Ball; children Jan (Jim) Meckel of Westampton, NJ, Bethany Ball of Superior, WI, Jason (Carole) Ball of Sioux Center, IA, Mari (Chris) Teegarden of Windsor Heights, IA and Lenora (Hank) Gehrls of Marion, IA; grandchildren Nicole and Emma Ball, Morgan, Gretchen and Cleo Gehrls; sister Rosa Lee (Carl) Simons and brother in law Jerry (Paula) Mercer.

He is preceded in death by mother Josephine, father Dale, sister Shirley and daughter Lynda.

  • FAMILY

  • Dale Ball, Father (deceased)
  • Josephine Ball, Mother (deceased)
  • Linda Zakrajsek, Wife
  • Jan (Jim) Meckel, Daughter
  • Jason (Carole) Ball, Son
  • Bethany Ball, Daughter
  • Mari (Chris) Teegarden, Daughter
  • Lenora (Hank) Gehrls, Daughter
  • Nicole Ball, Granddaughter
  • Emma Ball, Granddaughter
  • Morgan Gehrls, Granddaughter
  • Gretchen Gehrls, Granddaughter
  • Cleo Gehrls, Grandson
  • Rosa Lee (Carl) Simons, Sister
  • Jerry (Paula) Mercer, Brother-in-law
  • He is preceded in death by his mother Josephine, father Dale, sister Shirley and daughter Lynda.
  • DONATIONS

  • Cafe on Vine
  • Oakdale Christian Academy

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 17, 2019

Memories

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Robert Potter

August 17, 2019

To Jean and family so sorry about Mike. I didn't find out to today. Mike was a great man of God. We had great times working together. We will be praying for God's peace and comfort for all of you.

Bob and Dorothy

Frank Martin

August 16, 2019

Mike - was a true friend and he always had a smile on his face anytime I saw him. He always had great life experiences to share. He and his wife were great small group members and always sharing a different perspective that got you thinking about the scripture we were studying. We shared many great times together.
"Good Bye doesn't mean forever, Good Bye doesn't mean this is the end, It just simply means I will miss you until we meet again."
Love you Brother Mike.

Carena Thompson

August 14, 2019

Mike is an encourager. It was always willing to help by sharing God's love- in word and deed. He freely admitted he had made mistakes in his life, but gave God credit for any good that came from his life. He was human and tried to show the love of God in every way he could. His smile and laugh made me feel noticed and loved. Dance with Jesus Mike!

Diane Turney

August 13, 2019

Jean, I am so sorry to see your loss of Mike. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ( such a nice picture of the 2 of you) hugs from TN ❤️

Heather Miller-O'Dell

August 10, 2019

He was a good dorm father to all of the girls ( mershanda, Amy musha, Mary Lynn, Heather Miller, Sara nukuem, Maggie answorth)
You will be in my prayers 🙏🙏🙏😇.

Ruth Landegent

August 10, 2019

Regrettably, I did not know Mike, however, my husband, Dale and I know his son, Jason. From what I observe , acorn and tree apply. A godly man raised a godly man!
Our prayers, love and deepest sympathy to Jason and family and all who loved Mike.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Michal (Mike) Ball, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 75. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Weerts Funeral Home, Jersey Ridge and Kimberly. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 4-7 PM at Weerts Funeral Home, there will also be visitation starting at 9:30 AM before the service. Memorials in Mike’s name may be made to Café on Vine or to the Oakdale Christian Academy in Jackson, KY.
Mike was born in 1944 in Cadillac, MI to Dale and Josephine (Mellinger) Ball. He graduated in 1962 from Cadillac High School where he played varsity sports.
In 1964, Mike married Linda Jean Zakrajsek. Together they raised five children of their own and opened their hearts and home to countless others. Mike began his work career as a painter and then worked 15 years at Fisher Body (General Motors) before moving to Iowa to attend Vennard Bible College in University Park. He graduated in 1987 with a degree in pastoral ministries. He also attended Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, MS. He pastored churches in Jemison, AL, Columbus, MS and Creston, IA. During his years of ministry, he spent three of them at Oakdale Christian High School in Jackson, KY, where he and Jean were dorm parents. He was the administrator of the grounds and was a loving example of faith and family to all students. His example made an impact on lives of many of the students, which still resonates with them today. He retired to Bettendorf, IA in 1998, where he was passionate about volunteering for Café on Vine, a community meal center.
Mike was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed any opportunity to go fishing and hunting with friends and family. He loved all people and was known for his smile and his encouragement to draw closer to the Lord. He loved to laugh, he loved a good conversation, and he loved a good meal.
Survivors include his wife, (Linda) Jean Ball; children Jan (Jim) Meckel of Westampton, NJ, Bethany Ball of Superior, WI, Jason (Carole) Ball of Sioux Center, IA, Mari (Chris) Teegarden of Windsor Heights, IA and Lenora (Hank) Gehrls of Marion, IA; grandchildren Nicole and Emma Ball, Morgan, Gretchen and Cleo Gehrls; sister Rosa Lee (Carl) Simons and brother in law Jerry (Paula) Mercer.
He is preceded in death by mother Josephine, father Dale, sister Shirley and daughter Lynda.