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Richard “Rick” Roy Ball
10/14/1963 — 09/28/2023
From Richland, WA | Born in Tacoma, WA
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Celebration of Life
Richard “Rick” Roy Ball
Richard “Rick” Ball, 59, passed away on September 28, 2023, in Richland, WA. Rick was born on October 14, 1963, in Tacoma, WA, and his parents are Fred and Marilyn Ball. Rick graduated from Federal Way High School in 1982. He started his career in the automotive industry as a car salesman and has worked in the automotive industry as a salesman, service advisor, manager for Tim Bush Car Wash, and a detailer at Trucks & Auto Auction in Pasco, WA.
Rick married Wendi Rudzinski on September 12, 1987, in Fife, WA. They have 4 children, Adam, Erika, Jessica & Kendra and one grandson, Rowan. Rick was best known for love for automobiles of all years, makes and models. He also loved to cook and sing, and you would hear him often harmonizing with whatever was playing on the radio.
Rick is survived by his wife of 36 years, Wendi Ball. His children, Adam Ball, Erika Johnson (Karl), Jessica Ball, and Kendra Ball and his grandson Rowan Johnson. Parents, Fred and Marilyn Ball and Barbara Rudzinski. Siblings Mark Ball (Dawn), Mike Ball (Kirsten), Teresa Robinson (Tony), Sandy Smith, Kevin Rudzinski, Jason Rudzinski (Becky) and Vic Liljebeck, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Rick was also very close to many members of the Bush and the Musser families.
Rick is preceded in death by Raymond and Maude Ball, Richard and Evelyn Garl, Ken Rudzinski, and Larry Liljebeck.
Viewing will be held Friday, October 6, 2023. 3 PM to 7 PM and the Event Center located at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352
A Celebration of Life – Reception to Follow will be held Saturday, October 7, 2023. 4 PM at the Trucks & Auto Auctions, located at 3135 Rickenbacker Dr., Pasco, WA 99301. Please drive your classic car in honor of Rick. There will be special parking at the Celebration of Life for those of you who have classic cars.
If you have a story to share about Rick, there will be an open mic at the Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Einan’s Funeral Home (509) 943-1114 or at Discount Vac and Sew (509) 586-1680. If you choose, cash donations will be accepted at the Celebration of Life.
Just found out that Rick passed. I knew him by Adam being in boy scouts. Went on many of trips with him as being the back up parent.
I remember lots of fun times with Rick over the years at Central Lutheran Church in Tacoma. He always had a good sense of humor and loved to sing in the choir. I’m proud hearing about all of his accomplishments in life, and know he is now with his Heavenly Father.
Sincere condolences to his wife Wendy and their children, his parents Fred and Marilyn, and his siblings, Mark, Mike & Teresa. He will be missed.
I sang in choir with Rick at Federal Way HS. I remember his bellowing voice and laugh. He was a fun person who brought life to the group. I am so sorry he left this earth so suddenly. Blessing to the whole family.
So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. We are praying for you all as you cope with your loss.
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
As we all know, Rick had so many friends that he was liked/loved by all. I feel honored and blessed to have been one of them. While Rick and I shared many laughs, we were always there for one another during the good/bad times. I am so Thankful for all the wonderful memories that we had made throughout the years. I was so looking forward to reminiscing with everyone while sharing stories along with the laughter and tears. Unfortunately, I have an appt with a Surgeon for a Stent and a Bipass on Friday. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Rick will be terribly missed~he grew on everyone he ever met. Mr Rick Ball will forever be in my heart today, tomorrow and forever
Thank you Rick for being a great friend and a great mentor and you always would take time out of your day to talk to me at stepping up, You may be gone but you will never be forgotten,
I will blow my air horn on my semi in your honor.
Rick, it was a pleasure knowing you thru our work with the Boy Scouts. Rest in peace.
Fred, Marilyn, and family –
You have been, and will continue to be, in my prayers during this difficult time. May the loving arms of our Lord God Almighty be wrapped around you, giving you comfort and peace.