The Rev. James W. Kane, 83, a retired United Methodist minister, of Erie, died Friday, June 24, 2011, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Easter Sunday, April 8, 1928, in NuMine, a son of the late William and Geneva Kane.
After the death of his parents, he went to live with his aunt, Lucille E. Klouse and her husband Andrew, and following Andrew’s death, William E. Walton.
The Rev. Kane graduated from Brookville High School and went to work at the Brookville Hardware on Main Street. During the Korean conflict, he was called and proudly served in the U.S. Army with the 64th Engineers stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.
After returning home to his previous job, he took a fancy to a bank teller at the Brookville Bank & Trust and soon became engaged to Carolyn Mae Shick of Ohl, where they married June 28, 1958. She preceded him in death after 49 years of marriage.
The Rev. Kane, being true to the calling he felt in his heart to serve his Lord and Savior, entered Clarion Teacher's College to earn a degree in English and then Methodist Theological School in Dayton, Ohio, for his master’s of theology degree.
While in ministry, he and his wife served congregations in Kilborn, Ohio, and Marienville, Sykesville, Erie, Bruin-Parker and Conneaut Lake.
One of his greatest joys as a pastor was to sit on the floor surrounded by children and use Snoopy and the Gang to share the Gospel with kids of all ages.
The Rev. Kane was an active member of the Sykesville Lions Club and had been named its “Man of the Year.” He was also a member of the John M. Read Masonic Lodge 536, F.& A.M., Reynoldsville, and the Scottish Rite, Valley of Coudersport.
Surviving relatives include three children and their families, Steven James Kane and wife Maureen, along with their children Laura, Sarah, James (Jake), Zachery, Hannah, and Amanda (Kane) Long and husband Tim, all of Illinois; Nancy (Kane) Jenkins and husband Kevin, along with their children Bridget and Ryan of Titusville; and Daniel William Kane of Erie.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an aunt and uncles; two sisters, Betty McNabb and husband Bill of Detroit, and Loretta Plyler of Kittanning; and a brother, Francis and wife Lillian of Homer City.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2011, at the Merle Wood Funeral Home, 215 West 25th St., Erie, with a Masonic Funeral Service conducted by Perry – Keystone, Lodge 392 F. & A. M. at 7 p.m.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Grace United Methodist in Sykesville, with the Rev. Ron Hankey and the Rev. Tom Kennedy officiating.
A time of visitation will begin at the church at 10 a.m.
Burial will follow at the Ohl Cemetery, Ohl.
Memorials can be made to Heartland Hospice, 719 Indiana Dr., Erie, Pa. 16505; the United Methodist Committee on Relief, 475 Riverside Dr., Room 1520, New York, N.Y. 10115; or an agency of your choice.