ESCANABA - The Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. McCall, of 1514 10th Ave. S., Escanaba, passed away on Jan. 9, 2013, in his home with the compassionate company and support of his family and staff of St. Francis Hospice.
Born March 1, 1932, in Kansas City, Kan., Ken was the son of Austin E. and Virginia (Belt) McCall. He was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1954, Ken served as the first youth delegate to the World Council of Churches in Evanston, Ill., and soon after graduated Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Upon, graduating, Ken worked at Howell Neighborhood House in Chicago Ill., which served as the backdrop for the burgeoning relationship between Ken and his future wife, Carol.
Ken married Carol Mousky on Jan. 6, 1957, in St. Paul, Minn.
Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. McCall
Ken graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago Ill., in 1958, followed by another year of graduate study in Church History at McCormick. In 1978, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick and, during the 1980s, Ken served on McCormick's Board of Trustees.
Ken was a consummate churchman, serving at all levels of the Presbyterian Church (local, state, national, and international). From 1958 to 1967, he served as the pastor of Presbyterian Churches in McLean, Texas, Cicero, Ill., and Detroit, Mich. From 1969 to 1973, Ken was assigned to the Presbytery Synod Staff of Michigan and in 1973; he became the first Presbytery Executive of the Mackinac Presbytery (headquartered in Escanaba). He served in that capacity until 1985.
In 1986, Ken became the executive director of the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences in Berkeley, Calif., followed by service as an interim pastor in Bend, Ore. Ken finished his professional career assigned to a special project at McCormick Seminary in 1988-89. After retirement, Ken served as a parish associate and interim pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba.
In his early years in Escanaba, Ken was a member of the Escanaba Planning Commission and the Rotary Club. More recently, he was a member of the Bay de Noc Stamp and Coin Club.
Spending summers and falls at Indian Lake provided a meaningful respite for Ken and his wife Carol over the past 30 years. More recent winters have been spent in the Phoenix area.
Ken loved classical music and was a lifelong stereophile. He also loved gourmet cooking (eating), golfing, traveling, and was a strong supporter of the Green Bay Packers. His most pronounced passion later in life was collecting and restoring old radios.
Survivors include his children, Jeffrey (Cindy) McCall of Gladstone, Linda (Riley) Taylor of Roanoke, Va., Scott (Mary) of Washington D.C., Laurie (Kevin Kenneally) Vicenzi of Green Bay; sister, Nancy (Don) Butler of Ft. Worth, Texas; brother, Rich (Lea) McCall of Antioch, Calif.; grandchildren, Brandon and Scott Vicenzi of Green Bay, Jessica Taylor of Ft. Worth; stepgrandchildren, Justin Wares of Denver, Colo., and Ryan (Candace) Wares of Gladstone, Rachel Bates and Trey Taylor of Ft. Worth, Texas; and five great-grandchildren.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents and many special adoring great aunts.
Services for Kenneth E. McCall will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba with visitation from 3 to 5 p.m.; services at 5 p.m.; luncheon to follow. The Rev. Scott White and Rev. Linda McCall Taylor will be officiating the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church.
The Anderson Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone are assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.