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James Kenneth PackMay 22, 1925 ~ July 29, 2017 (age 92)
Rev. James Kenneth Pack, age 92, died Saturday, July 29, 2017 at his home in Prineville, Oregon. He was born May 22, 1925 in Smyrna, Arkansas.
He is survived by four children, Patsy Owens, Alice Freelund, Roy Pack and Mary Chapman and their mother Imagean Pack McCoy; four children that he helped raise, Katie Bostic, Don Dunn, Debra Kyles & Tim Dunn; four brothers, Lelis, Fay, Larry, & Don Pack and three sisters, Ida Carr (who went to be with Jesus the day after her brother Kenneth), Pearlie Harmon, & Gwindlee Driskill. His Grandchildren: Anthony Owens, John Owens, Amy Freelund Talton, Matthew Weeks, Jim Pack, Sarah Pack, Amanda Chapman, Whitney Stamper. From his second family Laura Edwards, Pamela Bostic, Stacie Rariden, Corie Ernst, Kirsten Johnson, Alicia Kielpinski, David Johnson, Rebecca, Stephen, and Abigail Page and Jillian Landis. His Great Grand Children: Hazel Weeks, Ava Weeks, Shelby Duncan, Ashley Owens, Awbrey Owens, Brilee Breidenbach, Alex Briedenbach, Beau Cates, Abbi, Aiden and Alison Pack, Sophia Hibbitts, Zoe Reams, Raylee Bryant, Sunney Grace Stamper (and her great grandpa Pack chose her middle name) and Dawson Stamper. From his second family Bethany Bostic, Link Edwards, Audrey Brust, Callie and Carson Rariden, Shelby and Ethan Ernst, Angela and Zachery Kielpinski, His Great Great Grandchildren: Zoe Breidenbach, Julius Breidenbach, Emery Breidenbach.
He was preceded in death by his wife Martha Jeannette Pack; his parents, John Roy and Mary Josephine Walker Pack; two brothers, Cletis and Willard Pack; and great grandson John Wesley Owens, Jr.
He grew up in the hills of the Nogo, Arkansas area, where he first learned about about Jesus from his mother, who often could be heard praying for her family down in the hollow all alone. He swam in the creeks and climbed trees with Brothers and Sisters, and he spent a lot of time working in the fields to help provide for the family. As the oldest sibling when his Father was suddenly killed in an auto/train accident, Kenneth became the one his mother leaned on the most. His mother had been left to raise 8 children and one on the way as his baby sister had not been born yet. He often took corn to a grist mill to be ground for corn mill. The mill would take a turn of corn in exchange for grinding.
He served in the Army during WWII, he served with the 424th infantry in Europe. He was called home when his sister was born and he always said, she saved my life because when he returned to his post, the Battle of the Bulge had occurred and most of his battalion had been killed. His job was guarding prisoners.
After he returned home from the Army, he and his family made annul trips to California, Oregon and Washington to pick fruit in the summers for income for the winter. On one of these trips he met Imagean Tucker, they were married, he was 24 and she was 16. They lived in Stockton California area for a couple years. He was called to Medford, Oregon to pioneer a church that began as a simple brush arbor. Today that church is huge and valued in the Millions. His calling was to build up churches where there was no church or had only a few and build them up and move on. He pastored, Central Point, Veneta, Medford, Florence and in Klamath Falls. He served as district secretary and treasurer for Oregon and So. Idaho Pentecostal Church of God. He worked in the lumber industry to provide for the family while pastoring the churches.
After 22 years of marriage Ken and Imagean parted ways and he soon married the woman he loved and cared for the rest of his life. Jeannette Dunn, whose husband had been killed in an airplane crash leaving her with 4 children to care for. They met in Riverbank, California. Where he had come to hold a revival and the pastor asked Jeannette to come and play the piano. The next week end after the revival was over, he drove down from Klamath Falls to meet all her children. When they finally decided to get married there was a light show when the wedding was over. As they were leaving the church they made an illegal u turn, the wedding party was detained by the police and all received a ticket. When all showed up for court the Judge ask how many was there form this wedding party. Everyone in the room stood up. And the judge laughed and dismissed the tickets. Shortly there-after they moved to Klamath Falls, where he still worked in the Lumber industry. He then transferred to Weyerhouser in Cottage Grove. Where he started an in home church.
He had a garden that was over an acre in size, he would come from the mill and lay at the end of each row, with his toes positioned so that when the water got to his toes he would wake up and move the water to the next row. He said this was his down time. He loved his garden. The house was always full of music, with a piano and two guitars and singing. Always full of joy and fun. While in Cottage Grove they started the Abundant Life Center to reach out to the community. He met a minister from St Marie’s, Idaho, who invited them to come and check out the area. They fell in love with St. Marie’s and he got a job at a Mill and moved high upon the mountain. They assisted in a church there and loved the people. In October 2004 I felt the need for Dad and his wife to get off the mountain in St Maries, So Ben and I went to move them off the mountain. That very winter snow piled up over the door ways and they would not have been able to leave home for any reason. He was Chaplain Minister for adult care facilities in Idaho and most recently here in Prineville. In Prineville they started a business called Helping Hands, and found a potential home while cleaning. They prayed for God to make a way for them to purchase it, and He did! Together they made a comfortable home on Rimrock Rd. They worked closely with Faith Ministries provided Marriage Counseling and wrote manuals for Marriage and Desciples Makers. Soon they began a ministry with Bob and Ruth Graham holding services at Regency Care Center, Regency Assisted Living, and the Carriage place. Bringing the gospel to those who could not attend their home church. He continued this ministry until he went to be with Jesus and helping Pastor Terry Goodwin, at River of Life to All Nations preach his sermons. He enjoyed his family; reading out loud, especially the Bible; singing; and taking long walks.