Court Elliot Ball


Court Elliot Ball


Court Ball

Court Elliot Ball was born Nov. 25, 1942, in Palo Alto, California. His family moved to Billings when he was 3, where his brother, Craig, was born in 1947.

In high school, Court participated in football, track and field, the acapella choir, and had roles in the musical “Oklahoma” and play “Our Town.” Court graduated from Senior High in 1961. He enjoyed racing his MG and proudly took first place in the Black Otter Hill Climb in 1961. He started his undergraduate degree at Eastern Montana College, and finished the program at the University of Montana; he graduated from Law School in Missoula, and has been a Griz fan ever since. He passed the bar exam in 1969. He started practicing law that same year with Tom Towe, and eventually formed the law firm of Towe, Neely, and Ball in 1971.

He married the love of his life, Bonnie Coffman, on June 11, 1977.  His four children, Curtis, Kevin, Courtney and Kyle, were his pride and joy. Spending time in “God’s Country,” either hunting, fishing or hiking, created priceless memories. Playing cards or a game of checkers with his grandkids, enjoying a meal with those he loved, gardening, traveling, trips to a cabin, and looking at trail cam pictures with Kyle, all tickled his fancy. He was a friend to all.

Court will be remembered by his baritone voice, quick wit, love of puns, sage wisdom, and his level-headedness and decisiveness. He had a passion for the law, and practiced up until the end of his life. Court loved the Lord, which gave him and his family great comfort and peace, especially in his last days. Court fought valiantly in his later years; he amazed so many with his will to live, and his fight through physical ailments that would have defeated many of us. Unfortunately, end stage heart failure ended up taking Court from us far too early.

He passed away peacefully, at the age of 77, at home on June 14, 2020, surrounded by family. While he leaves a huge hole in our lives, he leaves an equally large legacy. We love you to the moon and back.

He is preceded in death by his dad, Marvin Ball; his mom, Ruth Love Fly Ball; and his brother, Craig Ball. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Ball; his four kids, Curtis Ball, Kevin Ball (Kristie), Courtney Hill (Toby) and Kyle Ball (Karin); along with 10 grandchildren, Kayla, Kassidy and Kaden Ball, Ashley Nelson and Kameron Ball, Easton, Hadley and Remi Hill, and Elliot and Jane Ball; and one great-grandchild, Demri Nelson.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, at Faith Chapel, 517 Shiloh Road, in Billings. The family would like to invite you to a lunch reception following the funeral. Interment will follow at Mountview Cemetery, in Billings.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to World Vision.

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  1. Barbara Wuertz

    Bonnie Ball & family, Curtis & Kevin Ball & families: so sorry to read of Court’s passing. Remembering Court as a classmate, neighbor, in-!aw & friend..thinking of you during this difficult time.

  2. David Field, RN

    I was a member of Court’s care team a couple years back and he amazed me with his strength and courage during such a trying time. The connection between Court and Bonnie was incredible and you could tell that Court was fighting for her as much as for himself. I’m sorry for your loss and may God be with you.

  3. Dr. Janet N Chubb

    Bonnie and family, Sorry to hear of Court’s death. I remember him so fondly. He was a great friend with my brother John Niemi so he was at our house a lot. I think I always had a crush on him! My Mom Kathryn thought the world of him too and as I recall he loved her homemade yeast rolls and Chili which she would make for John and his buddies! He also knew to take his shoes off at the front door and not track any dirt into the house! Many years later he took care of some legal issues for Mom, not charging her of course and extending much kindness and respect to her. He was a generous man in many ways and I know God has made a special place for him in heaven. Blessings to you and your family. Praying for comfort and peace for you and your family. Janet Niemi Chubb

  4. my stars my friend…..didn’t realize, your and my age was getting into the land of tomorrow….was such a great time knowing, liking you and all that followed from our meeting in 1965 at U of M Missoula….
    and the great times after since then…..and recall with kindness, baby sitting your first two boys all those years ago
    Rest in Peace my friend
    Robert Beason

  5. Kelley (Wuertz) Smiley

    Sincere condolences to everyone in Court’s family. He always treated me graciously, fairly, and kindly. I remember my Mom (Barbara Wuertz) telling me some stories of Court’s antics in high school and one hair-raising story involving his car on Beartooth pass. How wonderful that he was able to enjoy many years with all of you and his grandchildren. I’m sorry for your loss.

  6. Bonnie, I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers for you and your family.
    Blessings, Linda Fell Martell

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