Allen J. Istre Sr., age 89, of Jennings, Louisiana passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. He was a resident of Louisville, Kentucky for the past 17 years. Allen was born on June 22, 1932 to the late Joseph L. and Blanche Istre Dupont. Allen was married to the love of his life, the late Sunnye Robbins Istre for 52 years before her passing in 2004. He was a minister for the Churches of Christ in Louisiana for 52 years before entering retirement.

Allen enjoyed many things in life. First and foremost he loved the Lord and was professing his faith until his dying breath. In his past time he enjoyed raising exotic animals and was known to have raised many different species of animals in his lifetime. Last but not least, he loved making his family and friends laugh.

Allen is survived by his children, Allen Jerry Istre Jr. (Kim); Daniel Wade Istre (Susan), Joy Faith Istre Comeaux (Brian), Vivian Hope Kirby (Stan), Robin Claudette Istre, Jody Lee Istre and Jayneen Marie Mann and her late husband, Rodney Mann; one brother, Robert Wade Istre (Claudia); a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has been entrusted to Kraft Funeral Service. A memorial service will be held in Louisiana at a later date.

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Comment by Larry Miles

Bro. A. J. Istre passed away yesterday, in New Albany, IN. I have attached the obituary for our dear brother. I met Bro. A.J. in the mid 1970’s. When I was a student at Southeastern Christian College, our chorus, while on a Chorus trip to Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee, sang 1 night at the old 4th and State Church of Christ in Jennings, LA
I was living in Louisiana, the following summer while attending at Louisiana College. I remember 1 weekend I spent with Bro. A.J. and his family. I preached at 4th & State that Sunday morning. I was blessed to cross paths with him many times over the years, usually in my visits to Louisiana.
The last time I saw him was in the summer of 2016 at the Kentuckiana Christian Fellowship here in Louisville. We had invited Danny and David Broussard, sons of the late Bro. Stan Broussard to speak. A.J.’s son Jody, whom he lived with, brought him to hear them. I consider Bro. A.J. as one of my mentors and one who encouraged me in my nearly 50 yrs of serving the Lord.