LTC Eldon "Keith" Keith Ball was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 07/21/2016 at the age of 81.2
Dripping Springs, TX
Flight Class 59-7
Date of Birth 05/15/1935
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 185 RAC in 67-68, C/1/9 CAV 1 CAV in 70-71
Call signs in Vietnam PTERODYCKE 16, CAVALIER 6
This information was provided by Al Poteet

More detail on this person: Ball, Eldon Keith, born May 15, 1935 raised in Lamesa TX, died July 21, 2016 Dripping Springs TX, Loving husband, father, career Army aviation officer (ret; LTC), decorated Vietnam Veteran, devoted member Church of Christ. Preceded in death by parents Clyde V Ball & Clara Belle Campbell Ball. Survived by his wife Betty Roberts Ball, children Pamela Ball, Timothy Ball (spouse Diana, children Alisha, Brinna, Cerina), Thomas Ball (spouse Priscilla, children Sarah, Travis), and Penne Funk (spouse Frederick Hugh, children Christian, Spencer), and his siblings Vernelle Hoskins, Eleene Flenniken, and Charles Ball and their families.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 26th from 6 - 8 PM at Harrell Funeral Home, 100 Heritage Dr and Hwy 290W, Dripping Springs. A service will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday July 27th at the Dripping Springs Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded warrior project at or Army Fisher Houses with designation to BAMC Brook Army Medical Center at

Burial: Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX, 78209

I did not know LTC Ball before he passed away but got to know him through his family while buying his Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter 1500 motorcycle. LTC Ball was quite the gentleman & leader so I wanted to send you his obituary & a pic of him in Vietnam with his "chicken plate" in hand posing before an OH-6 scout bird. LTC Ball spent the last few years of his life as caretaker his wife who suffered a debilitating stroke.

From: Al Poteet, former CW2, A Trp 7/17th Cav

Burial information: Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX

This information was last updated 10/05/2016

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