Jearl “Buck” Ballow - RIP

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By James Coker (Unregistered Guest) on Monday, March 21, 2022 - 01:02 pm:  Edit

Family,May God comfort you as only He can.I will be praying for you in the days ahead.

James Coker
Chaplain C.I.D.A.A.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David G.Ownby (Derdegen) on Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 08:32 am:  Edit

I knew Chief "Bucky"Ballow when I came over to the Ft Riley CID as a probationary agent. I lost count of the number of cases he returned with his famous remarks in a red felt tip pen on yellow legal size tablet paper. For some, weird reason, I kept some of them. He was hell on the proper use of the English language, and he once remarked "a sentence has to have two essential parts - a subject and a predicate." He was a demanding supervisor, and he made a good agent out of me. We did good on our IG inspections because of his case reviews, and high standards. I just wish I had shared this with him earlier.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ed German (Admin) on Sunday, March 06, 2022 - 12:47 am:  Edit

Jearl “Buck” Ballow

May 15, 1932 - September 3, 2021

Jearl “Buck” Ballow, 89, passed away on September 3, 2021 at his home in Springfield, Illinois.

He was born in Cannelton, Indiana on May 15, 1932, son of the late Iva (Lampton) and William F. Ballow, Sr.
Jearl was a member of Douglas MacArthur’s GHQ staff in Tokyo, Japan from 1950-1953. After completing high school, he then returned to the Army in 1955, eventually becoming a Warrant Officer and CID agent in the mid-1960s.

Jearl was an agent on the floor of the 1968 Democratic Convention, then was transferred to Okinawa, spending several years there fighting the island’s. He served 28 years in the military and he received a Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and an Army Commendation Medal.

He retired after 18 years with the Illinois State Police in 1998, where he served as a civilian supervisor in the Intelligence Bureau of the ISP.

Jearl was a member of the V.F.W. Post#15014, Korean War Veterans Association, was an honorary member of the GHQ, First Raider Company-Korean War Project, Retired State Police of Illinois and the Criminal Investigation Division Association.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews, including a great nephew,Michael Ballow, of Springfield, IL, and wife Jeana who cared for him.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Kazuko “Cookie”(Moriyama) Ballow; brothers, William and James Ballow and a sister,Mary Gudorf.

Funeral services were held on September 10, 2021 at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel. Burial with military rites was at Greenwood Cemetery in Tell City, Indiana.

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