Kendall McCabe
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McCABE, Reverend Kendall Kane 79, died peacefully in the early morning hours of April 11 at Grandview Medical Center. The only child of the late Henry and Blanche Cathell McCabe, Kendall was born and raised with his parents and grandparents in Berlin, Maryland. Kendall attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, completed his MDIV degree at Yale Divinity School, wrote and received his PhD from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and earned a Master's degree in English Literature at the UVA in Charlottesville. Dr. McCabe served United Methodist churches in the Peninsula Delaware Annual Conference before teaching at Wesley Theological Seminary. In 1980 he moved to Dayton and was appointed to United Theological Seminary. During his 32 years at United, Kendall was professor of Preaching and Worship, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, and retired in 2012 from the Heisel Chair in Evangelism. For his colleagues, he was the consummate mentor and friend, and for students he demonstrated an unimageable academic prowess that leveled a high bar for preaching and worship. Twice each year the seminary's Zimmerman Chapel filled to hear him preach and at The Eucharist he gave his community a glimpse of heaven. With a dry wit and clever smile, he embodied humility and goodness. He often published in the area of liturgy, the work of worship, and preaching. He leaves his friend and house mate, Michael Welly, who cared selflessly for Kendall, and the United Theological Community where he will be often quoted and deeply missed. A funeral service celebrating Kendall's life and ministry will be held on Saturday, April 20, at 11:00 a.m. hosted by First United Methodist Church at the First Baptist Church of Dayton officiated by Reverend Timothy J. Forbess, one of Kendall's former students and colleagues. A reception will follow the service. Memorials can be made in Kendall's memory to the McCabe Preaching Award at United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger Road, Dayton, OH 45426. Online memories and condolences may be left for the family at Photo Kendall Messick

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Published in Dayton Daily News on Apr. 14, 2019.
Funeral service
11:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Dayton
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April 30, 2019
I prayed for Kendell today in St Salvator's College Chapel, University of Saint Andrews and informed those there who remember him so fondly. Happy memories of St Mary's College and later visits to Kensington London etc - and prayers that we may be united with him again, with Michael, and so many friends 'merrily on high'. Enter into the joy of Our Lord. Michael Thompson, Deacon, Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Michael Thompson
April 20, 2019
How many times did I get to harass you about Kendal helping you set up your classroom? He was a gentle soul who delighted in you being picked on! My heart goes out to you. Love you, Shirley
Shirley Nelson
April 20, 2019
Early in my ministry on Smith Island in the Pen-Del Conference I journeyed to United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio to visit with a former pastor of mine, Ed Zeiders. When I was about to leave an administrative assistant introduced me to Kendall, the dean at the time. On his office wall was a photo of the first church he served, the one I was serving then in Ewell on Smith Island. We quickly got acquainted and visited several times over the years. A fine fellow and wonderful example of being a Christian as teacher, minister, and friend.
April 19, 2019
To Kendall, a meek and potent gentleman, who loved Christ and His Church, and who knew how to eat, drink, and be merry among his fellow mankind. My life is richer for having known and dined with him many a time. Dearest Michael, may God grant you grace and peace during this time. Blessed in the eyes of our Lord is the death of his saints, to whom I attribute Kendall as one.
Jerry Tritle
April 16, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Kendall's passing. He was a brilliant, kind, compassionate teacher; his sermons were breathtaking; and his sense of humor..."rapier wit" doesn't begin to describe. The world is definitely smaller without his presence in it.
Our hearts grieve with thee.
Phyllis Nesselroad, UTS Class of 2007
Jay Nesselroad, UTS Class of 2006
April 15, 2019
This was taken when Reverend McCabe was serving at Bethesda in Middletown, DE. Date on the picture says June 1973.
Cheryl Drummond
April 15, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that your memories of the times you shared with Kendall will bring you peace in the years to come. With my deepest sympathy,
Rhonda Berger
Rhonda Berger
April 15, 2019
On behalf of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of The United Methodist Church, please receive our deepest sympathies on the the passing of Pastor McCabe. May all who knew him experience God's peace, the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the hope that comes from the promise of eternal life.
Bishop Peggy Johnson
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