Richard "Danny" Ballew of Independence, MO, passed away peacefully October 9, 2012. He was born October 31, 1939 to Dora Elizabeth and Walter Richard Ballew. He was a grocery manager for 50+ years in the KC area. Danny was an avid "Armchair Athlete and Referee" for all sports. His favorites were the Royals, Chiefs, and MU Tigers.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ida Mae Ballew, daughters Chelsea Ballew, Becky McCollum and Wendy Turney; sons, Jeff Ballew and Sean Huddle; his grandchildren, Arthur McCollum, Tina McCollum, Jesse Hernandez, Mariah Hernandez, Jessica Ballew, Jacob Ballew, Xavier Huddle, Kiersten Turney and one great-grandchild; his sister Nancy Parks (Larry) and nieces and nephew; Shari Kay, Phil and Kelly. He was a strong Christian and a member of Gateway Church in Blue Springs.
In honor of celebrating Danny's life and his love of sports, the family requests attendees of his celebration service to wear their favorite sports team attire.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to , P.O. Box 1130, Fairfax, VA 22038-1130.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M., Saturday, October 13, 2012 at New Salem Funeral Home. Burial in New Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be 12:00 to 1:00 P.M., prior to the service.