Fred Douglas Ball, aka Professor Fun, of Honolulu, Hawaii, left this Earth on Dec. 23, 2017.
Mr. Ball was born in Davenport on Dec. 28, 1938, the son of Elbert Ball and Jean Beresford Ball.
Graduating early from Hillsdale High School, he went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree from University of Hawaii. Through his high school and college years he earned his way entertaining as a magician, balloon artist, juggler and ventriloquist.
Mr. Ball taught at Rock Falls High School, on the University of the Seven Seas cruise ship and at the University of Hawaii.
On the mainland and in Hawaii, he performed in hundreds of TV and radio programs and commercials. Some of his credits include Professor Fun on “The Checkers and Pogo Show” (‘60s-70s), “Hawaii Five-O,” “I Dream of Jeanie,” “Magnum P.I.,” “The Jeffersons,” “Blood and Orchids,” “Mama’s Family,” “Jake and the Fatman,” “Baywatch Hawaii,” “Battleship,” “Lost,” “Princess Kaiulani,” “You, Me and Dupree” and many more.
Mr. Ball was a member of Unity Church, Honolulu; SAG/Aftra; International Brotherhood of Magicians; and Hawaiian Actors Network. Hawaii was his home for 54 years. He retired as a courier from University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center.
His body has been donated to science at University of Hawaii Manoa. No funeral is planned.
Survivors include a sister, Kathy Wilson, Milan; sister-in-law, Jean Ball, Aledo; nephew, Doug (Darla) Ball, Aledo; nieces, Linda (Dale) Bertelson, Monmouth, Ruth Lamour, Oak Park, Ill., Mary Kay (Lauren) Crawford, Taylor Ridge, and Brooke (Greg) Wilson Clemons, Milan. He has 12 great-nieces and -nephews and 12 great-greats; many cousins; friend, Ralph Whitaker, Honolulu; and many loyal friends and fans.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Jon Ball.
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