Jearl “Buck” Ballow, 89, passed away on September 3, at his home in
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
He retired after 18 years with the Illinois State Police in 1998,
where he served as a civilian supervisor in the Intelligence Bureau of
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,
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM CDT on Friday, September 10,
2021 at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel. Visitation will be from
10:00 AM until service time. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, with military rites.
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