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Arlene Wanda Nelson, 77, died Dec. 11, 2018, in Ketchikan. She was born Arlene Wanda Charles on Oct. 29, 1941, in Ketchikan.
8/7/2018
Daniel Shane Ball
Daniel Shane Ball


Daniel Shane Ball, 70, died July 31, 2018, in Ketchikan.

He was born March 18, 1948 in Seaside, Oregon. He attended Eureka High School in Eureka, California.

As a child, he resided in Seaside and later Eureka, California. He attended Eureka High School.

Mr. Ball served in the U.S. military, and fought in the Vietnam War.

He moved to Thorne Bay in 1975, where he resided until relocating to Ketchikan in 1980. He was married in Ketchikan in 1977.

Mr. Ball was employed by Ketchikan Public Utilities, and retired as the power house supervisor.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, in which he served as Alaska president and Western Region president. He also was a member of the Moose Lodge, VFW and American Legion.

Mr. Ball enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, spending time at his cabin, repairing anything that was broken, and following the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.

“Dan was known for his overwhelming generosity with his time, repair skills and money,” his family writes. “He was the guy people called for help when their car broke down, their house needed repairs, pipes burst, roof sprung a leak, etc.”

Mr. Ball was preceded in death by his father, Luther M. Ball Sr.; mother, Barbara Wright; step-mother, Melva Ball; and brother, Luther “Butch” Ball Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy C. Brown of Ketchikan; sister, Terry Lutz of Ketchikan; children, Brad Groghan of Texas, Andy Edge of California; and Dana Georgeson of Idaho; grandchildren, Brady Groghan of Ketchikan, Zeke and Kiah Groghan of Texas, Brandon Georgeson of Idaho, Casey Georgeson of Idaho, and Curtis Edge of California; nephews, Mike Ball, Bryan Philbrook and Chase Peters, all of Ketchikan; and nieces, Laurie Ann Scott and LeAnn Lutz of Ketchikan.

Mr. Ball’s remains will be cremated, and his ashes spread at the family cabin.