Dr. Major John E. Ball, Jr., 88, of Boonville, Mo., died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at Riverdell Care Center.

John E. Ball was born Feb. 13, 1924 in Slater, Mo., to Vernetta (Porter) and John E. Ball. He married Mary L. Kent on Sept. 12, 1946.

He graduated from Slater High School in 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During W.W. II he served in the South Pacific aboard a LCT (Landing Craft Tank).

He attended Missouri Valley College. He attended Chicago College of Optometry and then enlisted in the U.S. as an optometrist. He retired from the Air Force and Air Force Reserve in 1984 as a Major.

In 1964 he and his family moved to Boonville. He maintained an optometric practice in Boonville until his retirement.

John was a member of First Baptist Church where he served as Sunday school teacher and Deacon. His hobby was woodworking. He especially enjoyed crafting clocks.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Mary Ann Cook and husband Thomas, Cole Camp, Mo.; his son, John K. Ball and wife, Kristen, Linwood, Kan.; four grandchildren, Danny Cook, Ann Cook, Jessica Ball, and Jacquelyn Schauf; six great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by one sister, Vivian Jean John and one brother,Ronnie Joe Ball.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Boonville. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers are Danny Cook, Tom Cook, Dennis Kent, David Isaacson, Charles Pepp and Leroy Vanderhoff. Honorary pallbearers are Deacons of First Baptist Church.

Besides John's service in the Navy and Air Force he was always thinking of ways to help others. During his 40 years of optometry practice he helped many families. He shared many of his wood-working projects, especially clocks, with family and friends. He requested no flowers, but suggested that each of us think of something we could do for others and then let Mary know what you did. This could be giving of your time and/or talent and there is no time limit to get this done. Just think of John when you 'pay it forward'.

Monetary memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church of Boonville Capital Improvement Fund.

Arrangements under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.