Everett Anthony Ballmann passed away on Saturday, October 7 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota.
Everett was born on September 16, 1929 in Cross County, Arkansas to Julius William and Margaret (Becker) Ballmann and spent his early years on the family farm in Wynne, Arkansas. He attended high school at St. John?s in Little Rock, Arkansas and from 1947 to 1951 he attended Little Rock College where he received a BA in Classics. From 1951 to 1955 he studied Theology at St. John?s Seminary and was ordained. Further studies include the Catholic University at Washington, D.C. where he received an STL in Middle Eastern and Biblical Studies and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (SSL). Following completion of his studies, Everett taught at St. John?s Seminary in Little Rock.
Everett and Lois Dawn Ramhurst of Montclair, New Jersey were married in Essex Fells, New Jersey on July 9, 1965. To them were born two daughters, Ann and Laura. They lived in Denver, Colorado where Everett pursued his graduate studies. After completing his studies in 1968 he accepted a position at Minot State University where he taught courses in American Foreign Policy and International Relations. He was an advisor for and participated in the Annual International Peace Gardens Conference. In 1972 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Miami, Florida. In 1976 Everett was chosen by Governor Art Link to be a charter member of the newly formed North Dakota Judicial Conduct Committee and during the 1980?s he served on the North Dakota Humanities Council. Following his retirement from Minot State University in 1996, Everett volunteered as a bailiff for the Minot Police Department. Everett and his wife were members of Little Flower Parish in Minot and he served on numerous committees.
In 2002 Everett and Dawn moved to Riverview Place in Fargo, ND. He served on the Peace and Justice Committee for the Presentation Sisters and he and his wife were also Associates. He was a member of Pax Christi and Amnesty International. He found working with refugees toward citizenship in the Giving and Learning Program very rewarding. He was actively involved in several areas at Riverview Place and felt this was home.
Everett was an advocate of peace, non-violence and social justice and spent his life working towards those ends. He loved his family and especially those times spent with his grandchildren. Everett will be remembered for his kindness, compassion, intelligence, sense of humor and peaceful nature. He will be greatly missed by his family, former students and many friends.
He is survived by his wife Dawn, daughters: Ann (Scott) Grumann, Laura (Rick) Thibert; grandchildren: Emily Grumann, Eric Thibert and Matthew Thibert; three sisters: Rita (James) Walters, Bentonville, Arkansas; Matilda (William) Baker, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Francis ?Pat? (James) Meade, Memphis, Tennessee; one brother; Herman ?Bill? (Loretta) Ballmann, Wynne, Arkansas and eleven nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, James Meade and William Baker.
Visitation: Tuesday, October 10 at Riverview Place, 5300 12th Avenue South, Fargo beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral: Wednesday, October 11 at Riverview Place at 1:00 p.m.
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery South, Fargo following the funeral.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.
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