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Jearl Ballow

May 13, 1932 ~ September 3, 2021 (age 89)


Jearl “Buck” Ballow, 89, passed away on September 3, 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 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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September 10, 2021

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Huber Funeral Home
1139 Twelfth Street
Tell City, IN 47586

Funeral Service
September 10, 2021

1:00 PM
Huber Funeral Home
1139 Twelfth Street
Tell City, IN 47586

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