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Norm Ball, the man who had served longer than any other as Mayor of Tunkhannock, when he stepped down last July, died early Thursday evening (Feb. 13). He was 84.

He had been in hospice care in recent days following a hospital stay.

Ball devoted 43 and half years of his life to elective service as Tunkhannock borough councilman and mayor, serving in the latter post from 1997 to 2019.

He was a native of Nicholson Township, grew up in East Lemon, and graduated from Tunkhannock High School in 1953.

He married, left the area to raise a family and follow work, and returned in 1966 to accept an offer to work at the new Procter & Gamble/Charmin plant in Mehoopany.

It brought him back full circle to a place he loved to call home - Tunkhannock.

Family and friends are invited to attend Ball’s funeral services which will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at noon from the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, 4 Church St., Tunkhannock, with his Pastor Robin Fillmore and lifelong friend Deacon Raymond Pieretti presiding. Interment will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock.

A viewing will be held on Monday, Feb.17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church.