Dwight Charles Ball

December 08, 1942 ‒ January 03, 2020

Columbus, Ohio

Dwight Charles Ball, age 77, of Columbus, OH, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 3, 2020.

He was born December 8th, 1942, the son of Harry and Maxine Ball. Dwight spent his early days in a rural setting in Orange Township, helping with gardening, animal husbandry, and working on local farms, developing a deep love for the outdoors, camping and hiking. An early fan of Euell Gibbons, Dwight was well known for dragging his children along the railroad tracks in search of wild asparagus, black raspberries, and elderberries, sharing these rare gifts of nature with his family and friends. He, along with his childhood friend, John Rogers, learned the secret ways of the Morel mushroom and where they could be found.

A graduate of Olentangy High School in 1960, Dwight immediately enrolled in The Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was the youngest manager ever to run a Big Bear grocery store. He was notoriously known for clipping the coupons out of unsold newspapers, turning them in for products not sold, and using the monies to pay for company picnics and potlucks.

In his middle years, Dwight was an independent distributor for Brownberry Ovens, and of course owning a big box truck, continually offered up his services and those of his children, to anyone and everyone who needed help moving. In his later years, Dwight became a regional expert in canning jars and milk bottles, at first digging through trash pits and sink holes of early Ohio homesteads, and then becoming an avid collector of all things Americana, including cast iron, cookie jars, milk bottles, canning jars, and kitchen implements. Well known at all the local auction houses, he set up shop in an antique mall on the east side of Columbus with three booths and multiple display cases. His was a quiet, kind, and gentle soul, like his father, filled with an unconditional love and acceptance for all. He especially loved his daughter Tina, who was so instrumental in the quality of life he had towards the end of his time here with us.

Dwight was proceeded in death by his parents, Harry and Maxine, and his beloved older brother, Donald Ball. He is survived by his sisters, Karen Culbertson of Delaware Ohio, Rita Scott of Ashland Kentucky; his children, Stephen Ball, Aaron and Diane Ball, and Tina and Hanson Perese; grandchildren, Hailey and Isabelle Perese, Catherine and Danielle Ball; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews, much loved and too numerous to mention. A

Memorial Service will be held at 1 PM on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, (formerly 1510 W. William Street, Delaware OH 43015, where the family will be receivein visitors from 11 AM until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Noble County Historical Society, PO Box 128, (memo-Ball/Caldwell), Caldwell OH 43724  or  the Worthington Food Pantry https://www.worthingtonresourcepantry.org/donate  in Dwight’s memory.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in honored to serve the Ball family.  Please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • So sorry to hear of Dwight’s passing. Thought of him as a friend during high school. Last time we met was at our 20yr reunion. Prayers and condolences to his family.

  • Dear Eric,
    Please know that I am so sorry for your loss of your father and the suddenness of it. You are kind and encouraging and the kind of son a dad is proud of. Thank you for always remembering my name and being so kind and generous.

  • So sorry to hear of Dwight’s passing. He was a dear friend in high school and was always a delight to be around. He had a tremendous sense of humor and will be missed by many.

  • So sorry to hear of Dwight’s passing, . . . never got to see him after I came home from the service in 1968, . . . but would think of him from time to time as I moved to using my middle name, . . . Dwight, and have for the last 50 or so years. I well remember a good friend in school, . . . and am so glad his life turned out so good for him. May God bless his family in their grief, . . . and may they look to Him for strength.

  • I worked with Dwight at Big Bear when he was the Frontman(Cashier Manager). He was so pleasent to work for and with as he had a Wonderful scense of humor. It was always a pleasure going to work knowing he was going to be there.
    I am so sorry for your loss!

  • Sorry to hear about Dwight’s passing. I will always remember his sense of humor and helpfulness.

  • Prayers and condolences to the entire Ball family. Harry and Maxine were neighbors for years living between us and My grandparents. Also part of our church family at Lewis Center UMC. Celebrate his long life.

  • To the family of Dwight Ball, He was in my class at Olentangy High School.I last saw him at our 50th reunion.. Dwight was a special person always a kind word for every one . He will be very much missed by Family and Friends.. May the Family always remember him as a special person. God Bless you all. Ruth Fairchild Bailes

  • It was such a pleasure to have met Dwight at Cheri Gray’s Auction in Lafayette. He was such a wealth of knowledge and a great person to talk with. Rest in peace my auction friend! I will always remember you fondly! My thoughts and prayers to your family who you spoke so highy of!
    Suzanne Tobin
    Williamsport Ohio

  • I, too, was in the Olentangy Class of 1960. I remember Dwight as always having a smile. Sorry I was not able to attend the calling hours to express my condolences in person.

  • Ruth Freeman Pierce in 1960 graduating class at Olentangy High School. A great class. My sympathy to Rita and Karen. Remember Dwight being hit by a car in his youth and also many of us attending Lewis Center Methodist church. We grew up at a good time. Glad for Irene posting Dwight’s obituary. He lived a good life. Love and prayers to his family at this time.