Our beloved father, Emmett B. Ball, Jr., left this earth peacefully on May 15, 2011 while in the company of family and friends. Born July 19, 1925, Emmett was a long time resident of Redding, CA, but had lived the last five years in Hermosa Beach at Sunrise Assisted Living. Emmett was born in Ontario, CA and had served in the U. S. Navy during WWII, of which he was very proud. He was a graduate of the Mackey School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Class of 1951. He had spent the first part of his professional career as a mine engineer and then worked as a mineral examiner for the U. S. Forest Service from which he retired after 24 years. Emmett was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Suzanne. The two of them were long-time members of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding. Emmett is survived by his son, Douglas of Redondo Beach, CA, his two daughters; Carol Wiener of Palm Desert, CA, Rebecca Mueller of Miami, FL, and three grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, May 25 at Sunrise Assisted Living of Hermosa Beach at 10:00 AM. An additional service will be held in Redding at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Emmett's name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

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  1. Doug and family, I remember your father when he used to come in to the office to see Bill Evanhoe. I always thought what a pleasant, gentle soul he must have. My thoughts are with you as your father is resting in the arms of the angels!

  2. I worked with Emmett in my 1st Forest Service job at Big Bear Lake. We surveyed old mining claims together in Holcomb Valley. Then, many years later at Shasta Lake he helped me resolve mining disputes. He was the only person I ever met that held both the respect of the miners and the Forest Service. Just a great guy who positively influenced my life. Steve Fitch Forest Service Retired

  3. Your parents/grandparents were wonderful people. I knew them through Pilgrim Church. They went to Mt. Shasta for the Fourth of July Run/Walk, as we did each year, and we all stayed at the Strawberry Valley Inn. Emmett was such a gentle man. I was sorry to see him move from Redding, but was glad he was going to be near family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  4. Our prayers are with you at the loss of your father. Your parents square danced with us for many years and they were such fun. We missed them so much when they had to give it up.

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