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Alan Ballew – Jewish Marksman

Using google searches, I sometimes come across Jewish shooters who have left this earth, and their passion for shooting sports was strong enough that their families felt it worthy of mention in their obituary. As I find them, I will schedule them in advance to post on the shooter’s yahrzeit. I think these obituaries are interesting, because they show that Jews from all walks of life can have an interest in shooting sports.

Below is the obituary of Alan Ballew, who “attended Murray State University and was an award-winning marksman on the MSU rifle team:

Tuesday, 6/8/2004 – 19 Sivan 5764

Alan Ballew, 62, of Fairfield, California, passed away Monday, May 31, 2004, while at work. He was born in Malden, MA, and grew up in Paducah, Kentucky, where the family settled in his childhood. He attended Murray State University and was an award-winning marksman on the MSU rifle team. Mr. Ballew served honorably in the United States Army. He had been an active member of Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis, MO, holding various offices in the brotherhood.

He was preceded in death by his father, J.E. Ballew, and a brother, Leonard Ballew.He is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis Crider Ballew; a son, David Ballew, daughter-in-law, Mary, and granddaughter, Paulena, all of St. Louis; a daughter,Jennifer Ballew of Vacaville, CA; his mother, Elsie Ballew of Louisville and formerly of Paducah; brothers, Ervin Ballew of Dallas, TX, and Michael Ballew of St. Louis; sisters, Suzanne Ballew of Chicago, IL, and Dr. Laurie Ballew of Louisville; and many nieces and nephews. Other survivors in Kentucky include his mother-in-law, Margaret Crider, and brothers-in-law and their wives, Carroll and Fay Crider and Allen and Karen Parrent.

His funeral service was held Thursday, June 3, 2004, at Bryan-Baker Funeral Home in Fairfield, with Rabbi Steve Vale officiating. A graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday), June 8, 2004, at Temple Israel Cemetery in Paducah.