REVEREND KENNETH "JIM" JAMES McCLOSKEY, formerly of Fort Wayne, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Ken wanted his friends and family to take comfort in this adapted quote from DL Moody: "Someday you will hear that Ken McCloskey is dead. Don't you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I have gone into the presence of God." He was born in Macomb, Ohio on June 2, 1949. Ken was a 1968 graduate of South Side High School in Fort Wayne. Upon graduation, Ken proudly served his country as an Army Combat Engineer from 1968 to 1971 which included a tour in Vietnam. Ken was a long-standing member in The Church of the Nazarene both in Coldwater, Mich., and Pensacola, Fla. He will be missed greatly by both congregations, as well as by his friends at the Y.M.C.A. of Pensacola. Ken was a man who never met a stranger and who loved his family and friends deeply. Ken served Christ passionately. To know Ken was to love him and he will be missed immensely. Surviving are his sister, Sue (Bill) Ruch of Fort Wayne; brother, Al (Barb) McCloskey of Fort Wayne; children, Todd (Adrianne) Miller of Coldwater, Mich., Christina (David) Rasler of Pace, Fla., and Matthew (Erin) McCloskey of Grove City, Ohio; foster daughter, Belva Garner of Garner, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, Jacob (January) Miller, Jeremy Rasler, Michael (Ashley) Rasler, Shania Rasler, Tiffany Rasler, Braydon McCloskey, Avery McCloskey, Coltin Haylett, Sterling Haylett, and Blaine Haylett; three great-grandchildren, MaKayla, Bryson and Sara Kay; as well as several nieces and nephews by whom he was greatly loved! Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Milton and Ruth Jean McCloskey; and the love of his life his wife of 45 years, Kay Eileen McCloskey. Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Pensacola First Church of the Nazarene. Burial service is 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Barrancas National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Ken's name to Pensacola First Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements by Trahan Family Funeral Home.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 2, 2019.