Paul J. Ballay, Jr.

Paul J. Ballay, Jr.
Paul J. Ballay, Jr., of Otsego Township, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2009 at his home. Paul was born January 15, 1932 in Dorr, the son of Paul Sr. and Stephania (Dzurnik) Ballay.  In 1950, he graduated from Martin High School, where he was a 3 sport athlete. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as an Army paratrooper. In 1995 he retired from Georgia Pacific (formerly Brown Paper) after 43 years. Paul was an amateur Radio operator, loved fishing and was an avid bowler on the Parker Thursday night league. On December 1, 1956 in Angola, IN he married Doris Jean Crose, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Stephan Paul Ballay of Kalamazoo; 2 stepchildren, Glenna (Rocky) Folsom of Comstock, Ken (Mary) Brown of Otsego; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 3 sisters and 2 brothers, Emily Kubin of Otsego, Joseph Ballay of Trowbridge, Frances Wagner of Kalamazoo, Ilene (Jerry) Oetman of Otsego, Edwin (Joyce) Ballay of Kalamazoo; many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents and a stepson, Larry Brown. Friends may meet with his family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. on Monday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a service will be held Tuesday at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Paul R. Knuckles officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego with Military Honors by Otsego V.F.W. Post #3030. Memorial contributions may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or the Allegan Christian Center.
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