Eugene A. "Pappy" Ballew, 89, of Boner Springs, Kan., passed away on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam, Kan.
Funeral mass services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Shawnee, Kan., with entombment in the Gate of Heaven Mausoleum in Kansas City, Kan. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept 14, 2011, at Alden-Harrington Funeral Home with rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are under Alden-Harrington Funeral Home.
Born Aug. 19, 1922, in Lamine, he was the son of the late Eula Mae Ballew. On May 29, 1946, he married Virginia Brown, who survives of the home. He joined the U.S. Army and served in World War II in the 14th Calvary Regiment and Machine Gun Troop, which later became the 14th Tank Battalion. During his military service, he received a Purple Heart, three Bronze Stars and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He worked as a truck driver for Auto Transport and later Schwerman Trucking Company in Bonner Springs. After his retirement, he enjoyed working at the Brewers Country Mart, which later became the Bonner Springs Price Chopper.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Jerri Gander and her husband, Jim, of Bonner Springs, Kan., Jimmy Ballew and his wife, Vivica, of Bonner Springs, Kan., and Jan Brickey and her husband, Bob, of Shawnee, Kan.; one sister, Josephine Clemons and her husband, Waid, of Marshall; ten grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; and many other extended family members and friends.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Herman and Thomas; and one sister, Dorothy.
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