Bert Leroy “Roy” Balls, 90, of Homer City, unexpectedly died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 12, 1929, a son of Bert and Christina (Anderson) Balls.
Roy is survived by his wife of 72 years, Frances (Voyten) Balls; his children Dennis Balls, Homer City, and Denise (Phil) Dallas, Seward; a brother, Kenneth Balls, El Cajon, Calif.; grandchildren Jeffrey Balls, Madeira Beach, Fla., and Leanne (Steve) Shaw, Latrobe; great-grandchildren Ella Sylvis and Madi Shaw, Latrobe; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother Raymond Balls, sister Evelyn Holben, sisters-in-law Mary Theophane Balls and Marilyn Balls; brother-in-law Bud Holben; daughter-in-law Linda Balls; an infant granddaughter; nieces Diana Markulin and Ethel Springer; nephew John Balls; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Roy knew everyone and everyone knew Roy. He owned Roy’s Atlantic service station, garage, car wash and towing service for 35 years. Roy never forgot the great group of guys through the years at his station, known as “Roy’s Boys.” (You know who you are.)
Roy always had a good story to tell. He was a helpful, easy going and likeable guy who touched the lives of everyone who knew him. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and Tide Sportsmen’s Club. His hobbies were fishing, hunting, gardening, coin collecting, banking, listening to good music and watching his Steelers and Pirates. He always enjoyed having his family together. He loved his kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, family, friends, church and community.
He gave so much and was always there when needed. He will be sorely missed and we will carry him in our hearts forever. Roy lived life to the fullest until the end. A special thank you to Drs. Snyder and Han, who were always there to help our Dad through the years with medical problems.
Due to recent COVID-19 health restrictions, the family held a private graveside service at Oakland Cemetery.