JOHN EDWARD EWALD (Age 71) "Jack"
Died at home in Hagerstown, Maryland on Sunday, September 23, 2012 surrounded by his family. The cause was acute myeloid leukemia.
Born October 28, 1940 in Hagerstown, Maryland, to Anna Krapf and Edward Ewald, he attended Allegany High School, American University and Wesley Theological Seminary. Jack's ministry began as a Student Pastor at the Flintstone Charge in Allegany County; from there he went to St. Andrew's in Hagerstown, First United Methodist of Hyattsville, and Calvary UMC of Mt. Airy. He retired from Potomac UMC in 2006, after nearly 50 years of ministry.
The love of Jack's life was his wife of 50 years, Barbara, who he married on June 16, 1962. He is survived by Barbara and their three children and six grandchildren; son and daughter-in-law John Ewald and Vicky Starnes of Fulton, Maryland; son David Ewald of Annapolis, MD; daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Mark Hurwitz of Hagerstown, MD. Grandchildren include Hannah and Jacob Ewald, Anna and Matthew Ewald, Rebekah and Grace Hurwitz.
As a member of the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, Jack served on the Board of Church and Society and the Board of Ordained Ministry, spending several years as Conference Relations Chair. He was also a member of the Lions Club in Hagerstown and Washington DC. While serving St. Andrews Jack facilitated the Organization of The Community Action Council, and during his tenure at First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville he facilitated the department of The Second Mile House, a safe haven for runaways. When Jack served Potomac United Methodist Church he followed the church's lead to design and build a new education wing.
The viewing will be on Wednesday, September 26, at John Wesley UMC, 129 North Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD from 6 to 9 p.m. Services will be on Thursday, September 27 at John Wesley UMC starting at 11 a.m. Immediately following the service is the interment and reception at Rest Haven Cemetery, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. Hagerstown, Md. Family and friends are invited to attend. Memorial contributions are welcome and should be mailed to the Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown, Md 21742 and The Kimmel Cancer Center, 100 North Charles Street, Suite 234, Baltimore MD, 21201.
Thanks to Dr. Kass of John Marsh Cancer Center, and the staff and volunteers at Hospice of Washington support.
Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, Hagerstown, is in charge of the arrangements.