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Paul R. “PR” Ball


Paul R. “PR” Ball, 74, of West Mineral, Kansas died May 24, 2022 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri.

He was born July 3, 1947 in Hallowell, Kansas the son of Elmer and Betty Brewer Ball.  He had lived in West Mineral for most of his life.  He attended Columbus High School and graduated with the class of 1965.

He married Janet Battitori on Oct. 5, 1968 in Stilwell, Oklahoma.  She survives at the home in West Mineral.

Mr. Ball was a regional manager of the fiberglass division for Ashland Oil in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wichita, Kansas and later at West Mineral.  He built PR’s Bait Shop in West Mineral and operated the business for 12 years.  He enjoyed his legendary Friday get togethers at the bait shop.  After closing the shop he looked forward to the Friday “UNION” meeting with close friends; the Carter boys, Duley brothers and Todd Haraughty at the Eagles. 

He was a member of the West Mineral Eagles Club.

Survivors include his wife Janet of the home, one son Doug Ball and his wife Jamie of Scammon, Kansas, 4 grandchildren including Zoey Ball (Montana Grant) of Chicopee, Kansas, Kricket Sprouls (Blake) of Pittsburg, Cody Rakestraw (Brie) of rural Cherokee, Kansas and Ryan Rakestraw of Galena, Kansas, 4 great grandchildren including Emersen Sprouls, Barrett Sprouls, Maddox Grant and Sloan Rakestraw.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son Chris Ball.

A celebration of his life will be Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the West Mineral Eagles Club in West Mineral, Kansas.  Condolences may be left at our web site www.bathnaylor.com