A period of history for the Detroit Lakes National Guard ended with the death of Omer Ernest "Tony" Ball on Sunday, May 2, 2010 in Round Rock, Texas.
Sergeant Ball started with the local National Guard unit in January 1947. He was the first full time administrator/supply technician and the first man enlisted in the unit. Tony was also the first sergeant prior to his becoming the Chief Warrant Officer. He was the Sergeant Major at retirement on October 30, 1973.
The local unit was called to active duty in 1951. Tony served with them when it was stationed at Camp Rucker, Alabama. He was also a veteran of World War II and served in the European Theatre of Operations. He was very proud of his service for his country.
During his work for the National Guard in Detroit Lakes, Tony enlisted many men and worked for the betterment of both the National Guard and the community. It is for certain that many of his former Guard members and friends in the Detroit Lakes community will remember him.
Surviving Tony are his wife of 65 years, Lillian Coulter Ball of San Augustine, Texas; a son, John Coulter Ball of Honolulu, Hawaii; a daughter, Linda Sue (Ball) Gifford of Rosemary Beach, Fla.; and a daughter, Cathleen Anne (Ball) Channel of Las Vegas, Nev.; six grandsons; two granddaughters; and seven great grandchildren.
Preceding Tony in death were his parents, a brother and three sisters.
A memorial service was held in San Augustine on Friday, May 7. The family asked that donations be made to the Salvation Army or Chapel Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Teresa Boswell, Rt. 2, San Augustine TX 75972.