Obituaries - September 23, 2012 - Rev. Jack Ewald
The Rev. John Edward “Jack” Ewald, 71, died at home in Hagerstown, Sept. 23, 2012, surrounded by his family. The cause was acute myeloid leukemia. A memorial service was held Sept. 27 at John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown with the Rev. Warehime officiating. Bishop Joe Yeakel preached the eulogy. Also participating were the Revs. Vicky Starnes, daughter-in-law, Frank Trotter, Thomas Starnes and Wilson Shearer.
Ewald was born Oct. 28, 1940, in Hagerstown to Anna Krapf and Edward Ewald. He attended Allegany High School, American University and Wesley Theological Seminary.
His ministry began as a student pastor at the Flintstone Charge in Allegany County, Md. in 1963; two years later he went to St. Andrews in Hagerstown; in 1971 he was appointed to First UMC of Hyattsville. From 1978-84, he served at Calvary UMC in Mount Airy, then returned to First UMC in Hyattsville, where he stayed until 1994. His last appointment was to Potomac UMC in 1994, from which he retired in 2006, after nearly 45 years of ministry.
He and Barbara Cross married in 1962 and had three children who survive.
As a member of the Baltimore Washington Conference, Ewald served on the Board of Church & Society and the Board of Ordained Ministry, where he spent several years as conference relations chair. He was also a member of the Lions Club in Hagerstown and in Washington, D.C.
Ewald left a legacy at most of the churches he served: At St. Andrews UMC, he facilitated the organization of the Community Action Council; at First UMC of Hyattsville, he facilitated the department of the Second Mile House, a safe haven for runaways; and when he served Potomac UMC, he followed the church's lead to design and build a new education wing.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, three children: son John Ewald and his wife, the Rev. Vicky Starnes, of Fulton; son, David Ewald of Annapolis; and daughter, Michelle, and her husband, Mark Hurwitz, of Hagerstown; and six grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to Barbara E. Ewald, 656 Tudor Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742 or to Kimmel Cancer Center, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 234, Baltimore, MD 21201.