Donald W. BALLEW Of Bellevue died on May 13, 2009 at home of lung cancer. He was 78. Mr. Ballew was born on August 20, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. His family moved from the Mid-West to Oregon during the Second World War. Joining the Navy in 1948, he served as a naval aviator during the Korean War. He attended the University of Colorado for three years, and then transferred to the University of Oregon where he received the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Mr. Ballew began his professional career as an Airline Pilot in 1958 by joining West Coast Airlines. Thirty-two years later, after a series of airline mergers, he retired from Northwest Airlines. His main interests during retirement centered on his immediate family, his extended faith family at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, boating (Past Commodore of the Tollycraft Boating Club), reading and travel. His home workshop also brought him much personal satisfaction, as Mr. Ballew was a tinkerer and a craftsman. Survivors include Kaye, his wife of 49 years, daughter Carolyn Ballew, of Renton, daughter Kathleen Graves, son in law John Graves and grandchildren, Michael and Allie, of Newcastle, brothers Richard of California and Jerry and Lyle of Oregon. A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, 2009 at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 4228 SE Factoria Blvd, Bellevue, WA 98006-1929. Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity or to a St. Margaret's ministry of your choice. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's on-line guest book at www.flintofts.com. Arrangements are by Flintoft's Funeral Home and Crematory.
Published in the NWsource on 5/24/2009