Matthew Robert Ball

Matthew Robert Ball, 52, passed away suddenly on September 7th, 2020.  He passed away in the early morning due to a heart attack. 

Matthew was born in Manhattan, KS, graduated from Central H.S. in St. Joseph, MO, and settled in the Emporia area 27 years ago. From an early age, he loved cars. As a child, he maintained an enviable Hot Wheels collection. As a teen, he was very eager and interested in working on cars. In addition to rebuilding engines, he completed auto body repair training. As an adult, when Matthew wasn’t working at Simmons Pet Food, where he worked for 21+ years, he continued to work on cars as a hobby. Matt never met an engine he didn’t like.

Beyond his love of cars, Matt was a hard-working man who provided for his family and believed in God. He loved Jesus and in recent years developed a deeper relationship with the Lord. He looked for opportunities to tell people about Jesus. Matthew was happiest when he was spending time with his three boys. He was always eager to help friends and neighbors; he had a generous heart.  While living in Reading, KS, he served on the Reading City Council. He had many friends in the community and if he didn’t know you he would likely strike up a friendly conversation.

In addition to his three teenage sons, Mick Ball, Zeke Ball, and Jake Ball; Matthew is survived by his beloved, Ronda Parks, and her children; father, Morris Ball (Lynn) of Columbia, MO; mother, Sharon Ball, of Emporia, KS; sister, Rachel Statler (John) and nieces, Sophie Statler and Ashley Statler of Fredericksburg, VA; and other extended family.

A graveside service will be held at the Admire Cemetery on Wednesday, September 16th at 11 am, with a lunch to follow at the Admire Community Center. Matthew’s family will be present to welcome friends and loved ones.

The family has set up an education fund for the boys. Please contact Rachel Statler if you are interested in making a memorial contribution rachel.r.statler@gmail.com.   

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  1. Matt, whenever I hear someone working on their car, I remember You working on your cars here at Reading. I was so lucky to have You as a friend.

  2. What a lesson the Lord is reminding us of–Let your loved ones and friends know how much you mean to them as Matt did. He was very sharing of that. I worked with Matt for 21 years. What a ride. I will miss his loud laugh in the breakroom and never forget it. I will see him off on wednesday but not to say good-bye, only until we meet again.

  3. I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Matt’s passing. My prayers go out to the boys. Mick, Zeke, Jake and Rhonda. My deepest sympathy to you all.

  4. Rest in peace Matt. Always enjoyed talking to you. Sold you alot of parts over the years. Not gonna be the same without you coming in. You are in a better place my friend. Will you see you again someday. Keep them hot rods running in heaven.

  5. I’m still in shock and still have a hard time believing Matt is no longer with us. Mick , Zeke , Jake , Ronda and entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. Matt loved to talk about you boys all the time and Ronda he always talk highly of you. I will be at work Wednesday but I will be there in my thoughts. Fly high buddy and rest in peace.

  6. Matt will be greatly missed! My prayers for family and friends in this time of loss may God comfort you in this time. I believe he’s with Jesus with no more sorrow no more pain!

  7. Shocked to here the news. Matt was a special person. Anyone he met was an instant friend. Our condolences to his family.

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