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Town of Richmond supervisor leaves lasting public service legacy

The Town of Richmond said goodbye to a familiar face last week.

Fred Ball, one of the three-member town board, passed away on Feb. 17.

Ball sat on the board since the 1980s. The exact year of his first election is being checked on but even he wasn't sure when he was first elected, said town clerk Donna Preece. Ball was last elected in 2007, and wasn't running for re-election this year.

"He was pretty sharp, right up to the end," said town treasurer Mary Kelly, a 40-year board veteran herself. "I enjoyed working with him all those years."

In his election biographies printed in the News, Ball continually pointed to roads, walkways and bike paths as his main issues for the township.

Ball wasn't big-headed about all his terms in office, said Todd Rehnelt, Town of Richmond Planning Commission chairman.

"He told me that local government gets in your blood. He said it's a privilege to serve local residents. And he's right, you know," Rehnelt said.

Along with his lengthy public service, Ball was awarded the St. Croix County Outstanding Older Adult award in 2006. An article from the News stated that his service to the community through the New Richmond Senior Center Board, the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, leading a 4-H club, volunteering at his church and being a town supervisor led him to win the award.