Condolences for Ernest “Ernie” L. Ball


The Clay Family posted on 1/24/20

So sorry to hear about Mr. Ball. We miss his smiling face and a request for pork sandwiches and cole slaw. Dave may your family have great memories.


Wayne "Skip" Caldwell posted on 9/10/19

Sorry for your loss, Ernie has been fixing my bo-bos for 55 years, I'll miss him and his expertise and advice.


C.Chambers posted on 9/7/19

Ernie and my father where life long friends. I remember asking Ernie to do a special project for me before he retired,He told me “people retire from a job or a career, Not a Calling “. I think that says it all ! I take comfort in knowing he and my father are holding court again and BS’ing !!!!!! God bless you and your family my friend. C.Chambers


Sue (Dorworth) McClure posted on 9/6/19

My deepest condolences go out to the Ball family and friends. Ernie was a true artist and done with perfection. My brother Mike worked with Ernie for many years and they will meet again in his next journey. God bless


Daniel LaBonte posted on 9/5/19

Many memories but most of all were the ones for a short time when I was working for him for a short time. Watching his absolutely stunning skills going thru laying out the graphics on a Funny car body and applying the Kandy colors (Yes Kandy) were absolutely amazing. I have been this business since 1978 professionally and there are only two people I know in Springfield of anywhere else that should be in some sorts of a "Hall of Fame" and that's Ernie Ball and Robert " Pinky" Williams. Im positive they are both in Gods shop working on a project that will be directed thru some young man/woman's hands and turned into the next generation of Artists. I have by no means the talent they had no mater my accolades, but I did pay attention and do my best. These two men were friends and legends. And always will be. Miss you both and I hope you joke about me in Heaven when I arrive!


kenneth baker posted on 9/5/19

such a wonderful and caring soul , Ernie had a knack for bringing out the good in others i feel blessed to have been around him in his presence from time to time . He will be missed deeply ,


Gene'o Pickinpaugh posted on 9/4/19

One of the few really "good guys"! Met Ernie through a mutual friend Tony, (earlly 70's) which began a long an lasting friendship. Ernie an Sharon always welcoming with a smile an open/genuine "glad to see U" feeling. Ernie was always ready to help out when U were n a pinch or just wanted to have some work done. That "Pearl" paint job on my Vett was "The Best" Many Thanks for everything my friend, an my Best to your family.


Bob Duvall posted on 9/4/19

RIP Ernie . One of the most talented person I knew. Springfield lost a legend. My condolences to the family.


Larry Johnson posted on 9/4/19

Such a sweet and humble man! What a talented artist!! He so loved his work. I will miss his big smile! Rest in peace Ernie.


Nancy Hubbard posted on 9/4/19

My deepest sympathy to the family and friends. Rest in Peace Ernie.


Greg frasco posted on 9/3/19

R I p ernie



Lori Baughman posted on 9/3/19

Ernie was an amazing man...condolences to the family


Dana posted on 9/3/19

My deepest condolences to Ernies Family. He will be terribly missed always had such a big smile when I delivered parts to him !!!


DINO DINORA posted on 9/3/19

I am so sad for Sharon, Dave, Jeff, and the families, Ernie was a great man. I will miss you Ernie! I have so many great times to remember, lots of late nights in the shop getting the van ready for the ISCA shows. I learned so much from you and you were always willing to show me things. Over the years life happened and we kinda drifted apart. But when we seen each other it always started with a big hug and then time to catch up. I am so glad we got to make that Steak n Shake run a few weeks ago. And so glad to be welcomed into your birthday party. Rest in Peace my good friend, I love you buddy! Always your friend, Dino



Marvin cohnen posted on 9/2/19

So sorry to hear of his passing ,my Dad had his Garage for many years at the corner of ClearLake and Wesley


Ted Campbell posted on 9/2/19

Ernie will be greatly missed, he was a creative master of his craft and friend to many. My family has been customers and friends for nearly fifty years. Condolences to Sharon, Dave, Jeff, and their family.



Gary Claybourn posted on 9/2/19

Heartfelt Sympathy to Sharon, Dave & Jeff~ R.I.P. Ernie


Bonita L Justice posted on 9/2/19

RIP Ernie



Lynn & Gary Bisby posted on 9/2/19

Sharon, David & Jeff, sending prayers your way,


Michael Adkinson posted on 9/2/19

Ernie made my Sportster look awesome. Even invited me to a cookout when it was finished. (Sadly, I didn't go) Great guy. Safe travels on your new journey. RIP.


Joe Bonefeste posted on 9/2/19

Ernie will be remembered as a creative master of his craft and good friend to many. Thanks for the years of shared memories from the garage. Condolences to Sharon and family.


Heather Wicks posted on 9/2/19

My heartfelt condolences and Thoughts and prayers to Ernie's family. I have fond memories of hanging out watching him paint cars off Clear Lake with my friend Johnny Bishop. He painted my Uncle's Soap Box Derby car and was friends with my dad before he passed in '73. Such an amazingly talented man. RIP Ernie


Dustin Lowe posted on 9/2/19

I’ll always remember running around your house, yard & shop as a kid playing with David & Jeff having dinner & movie nights with your family. I was always fascinated by the cars you & Butch worked on while us kids ran amok. Such a great family you have & so many great memories you created for me. You will be sorely missed. My deepest heartfelt condolences to Sharon, David & Jeff & family.


The Bessie family posted on 9/2/19

Our condolences to the Ball family


Nick Zappa posted on 9/2/19

We have lost a great man of many talents I really got to know Ernie when he did a couple of projects for me great guy was always in awe at his shop of his work Rip my friend you will never be forgotten


Sunil Suthar posted on 9/2/19

A talented artist who was a great family man. Ernie will be missed but always loved. So sorry for your loss, Ball family.



Joliet Jim posted on 9/2/19

We all have our ways we seen and knew Ernie. My life around Ernie has many ties and memories that we shared together. I lost a true honest friend. Thank you, R.I.P "KAN D MAN"



Patricia Jacobs-Kennedy posted on 9/1/19

My sincerest condolences to Sharon, Jeff, Dave and family on your loss of a wonderful guy, artist, auto body artist and neighbor! Ernie and Dave always did superb auto body work on many of my vehicles. My prayers for your family for your great loss of such a fine man. Just know that now when you see a beautiful pallet of colors in a sunset or sunrise it is your beloved Ernie that painted it there for you to know he is watching over you.


Ray Robertson posted on 9/1/19

Ernie was one to the nice's guys I ever met. Over the years he fixed issues with many of my cars and my family did business with him.He was not just good, he was great. I have a special memory of Ernie. When I retired from the SIU School of Medicine, the staff had Ernie design and paint a special chair for me in remembrance of my many years there. He will not be forgotten. My condolences to his family. May the legend rest in peace.


Dave Nall posted on 9/1/19

Ernie and I sanded cars for the other great in Springfield, Mandy Holder. I’m sure a few remember that name. We were just a couple grunts for Mandy but Ernie was like a sponge Learning everything he could. We have been friends since the 60’s kept in contact as much as possible. He loved his work I used to hang at the shop once in awhile. Miss you my ole Friend.


Jane Yard posted on 9/1/19

Ernie was a sweet kind loving man and very talented.His wife Sharon and I graduated together. RIP Ernie. Prayers to Sharon and family.