Jack Gandee of Mineral Wells Passes at 83


Jack L. Gandee, 83, of Mineral Wells passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, West Virginia.

He was born February 14, 1936 in Wood County, son of the late David R. and Olive Mossburg Gandee.

Jack graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1955, worked as a machinist and retired from O’Ames after 44 years. He was a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association, WV Amateur Trapshooting Association and owner of Jack’s Trap Range.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Fordyce Gandee; daughter, Jennifer (Nathan) Peters of Mineral Wells; and granddaughter, Jaclyn (Mike) Varner of Mineral Wells.

Jack's lifetime registered ATA targets are 105100 Singles, 100050 Handicap and 44150 Doubles although his actual number of targets shot surely was much higher. Owner of Jacks Trap Range, a one trap, trap range behind his house odds are he shot considerably more always trying different setups, practicing and adjusting. Then there is Friday Nights at Jacks for shotgun games. Below is a couple of articles written about Jack.

Jack Gandee registered his 100,000th target in Handicap on 8/12/2017 at Tyler Rod and Gun Club. Jack, an important player in WV trapshooting, has been absent much of the time at shoots in the last five years only registering around a 1000 targets a year while electing instead to participate in area Gun Shows where he buys, sells and trades. This puts Jack just shy of a quarter millon registered targets. Yes Jack, that's a hint to break that mark too. Marietta is shooting this weekend and Moundsville the next if you see Jack lets get him back to shooting regularly in no time he could get the Trapshooting Trio, a 100,000 in each discipline. Just 55,850 more doubles which is really like shooting only 27,925 singles!!

Below is another article written when Jack broke his 100,000 in singles back in 2011.

Trapshooting elder Jack Gandee shot at his 100,000 th target Nov. 28th at Airport Gun Club. He's close in Handicap too, with 94700 as well as 44050 in doubles since starting to register targets in 1972. Jack, well known to the trapshooting community, having served many positions in the WVATA over the years.

I think, if I'm not mistaken, as director, president and even ATA delegate, his wife Pat serving as association secretary, running the squadding table and giving out the trophies to the winners as well as other responsibilities for many years too. Their daughter Jenny was Ladies Singles Champion in 1973. Both Pat and Jack were inducted in the WVATA Hall of Fame in 1997 for their contributions to the sport. Longtime sports car racing friend John Gatski introduced me to trapshooting in WV. My first trapshooting experience was "Friday Night at Jack's Trap Range" I shot every game they let me until I ran out of shells (I may of even bought some from Jack). I became a regular as were many shooters from WV and Ohio every Friday night and on Sundays in the winter. Jack's holds a lot of memories for me, it's where I met most of the trapshooters I know, breaking the white bird for some of Pat's great hot dogs, I won the Jackpot one Sunday, buddy shoots with Frank Hall, John Gatski, Debbie and Bob Lowe among others. Jack, a retired tool and die maker, also  a gunsmith porting barrels, putting choke tubes in barrels, are just a couple of the things he did for me, in fact Jack was always trying something new, innovating. Jack, always willing to help out new shooters, has probably introduced more people to trapshooting than anyone I know. Most hobbies don't last nearly 40 years but Jack's has. Next time you see him congratulate and thank him for what he has done for the sport. Thanks Jack.

Bob Harden