William "Bill" Newton Ball

April 7, 1938February 2, 2020

William N. "Bill" Ball, the oldest son of the late Clifton F. and Dorothy E. (Wright) Ball, passed away on February 2, 2020, after a courageous battle against Alzheimer’s.

Born at the old Elliott Hospital on April 7, 1938, Bill was a lifelong resident of Keene, NH, and a 1956 graduate of Keene High School. He entered the Army immediately following graduation.

Bill was a diligent worker. Taking care of his family was utmost in his life. He was employed at the former Sprague and Carlton in Keene; the former Homestead Woolen Mills in Swanzey, NH; and ultimately Troy Mills as Data Processing Manager (now called IT), before retiring. He was happiest being with his family; taking care of his home; loved doing yard work; mowing the lawn; making things in his workshop; puzzles; and the card game Skip Bo. Bill loved all animals especially cats, and Rudy, the neighborhood dog.

His wife, Eleanor (Case) Ball of Keene, survives Bill. They were married in St. Bernard Church in Keene, on September 5, 1959 with family and friends attending. Bill is also survived by a daughter, Claire Merrill and her husband, Chuck, of Sanford, ME; a son, James Ball and his wife, Katie, of Mint Hill, NC; a granddaughter, Koren Merrill and her significant other, Kyle Dowdell, of Sanford, FL; a grandson, Joseph Merrill of Virginia Beach, VA; his brothers and sisters, Robert Ball and his wife, Mary, Nancy Dintino and her husband, Victor, and Thelma Carpenter, all of Keene, and John Ball and his wife, Mary, of Arizona. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. His sister, Joyce Wixon and her husband, Bruce Wixon, and a brother-in-law, Russell Carpenter, passed away many years ago.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 12:00pm in the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Main Street, Keene. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00am until the time of the service at noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Ball’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association Mass. & NH Chapter, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452; or to the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH 03446.


  • Eleanor (Case) Ball, Wife
  • Claire Merrill and husband, Chuck, Daughter
  • James Ball and wife, Katie, Son
  • Koren Merrill, Granddaughter
  • Joseph Merrill, Grandson
  • Robert Ball and wife, Mary, Brother
  • Nancy Dintino and husband, Victor, Sister
  • Thelma Carpenter, Sister
  • John Ball and wife, Mary, Brother
  • Joyce Wixon, Sister (deceased)
  • Bruce Wixon, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Russell Carpenter, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Clifton F. Ball, Father (deceased)
  • Dorothy E. (Wright) Ball, Mother (deceased)
  • Bill is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

  • Alzheimer's Association Mass & NH Chapter
  • Monadnock Humane Society


  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 7, 2020


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Pat and John Targett

February 9, 2020

We were saddened to learn of Bill's passing. May fond memories help heal the hole in your hearts.

Pat and John Targett

Gloria Connors

February 6, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss.
Gloria and Terry Connors,Sr.

Rose & Bob Leighton

February 5, 2020

To the family of Bill Ball: We are very sorry for your loss. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know. All our love, Bob and Rose