The Rev. John "Jack" Allen Cahill, Winona Lake, age 93, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at 11:24 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Grace Village Health Care.

He was born Oct. 5, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Dorothy Green Cahill and Frank Cahill. On Aug. 14, 1948, he married Jean Valentine, who survives.

John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the destroyer USS Strong in the Pacific and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was a 1950 graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., and a 1962 graduate of Grace Seminary, Winona Lake.

Early in his career, Jack served as a district manager for Kemper Insurance in Roanoke, Va. The Lord called Jack into full-time ministry as a result of his Wheaton classmates being martyred by the Auca Indians in Ecuador in 1956.

After seminary, Jack served the Lord in pastorates in Ortonville, Minn., and Indianapolis. Later, he was an administrator, teacher and coach at Heritage Christian School, Indianapolis, and was in sales for Best Locking Systems in Denver, Colo. He was a member of Grace Chapel in Denver, and attended Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church after he moved to Winona Lake in 2014.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 70 years, Jean Cahill, Winona Lake; two daughters, Debbie (Dr. Bill) Katip, Warsaw, and Susie (Randy) Franklin, McKinney, Texas; two sons, Jeff (Laurie) Cahill, Castle Rock, Colo., and Tim (Terri) Cahill, Lansing, Kan; 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Peggy Towler; two brothers, Bill and Donald Cahill; and one great-grandson, Aiden William Katip.

A memorial service celebrating Jack's life will take place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake. Pastor Bruce Barlow and Chaplain Bryan Benjamin will officiate.

There will be visitation prior to the service from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the church.

A memorial service to take place in Denver, Colo., on April 13 is being planned, and burial will take place with full military rites at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Ave., Denver.


Memorials to Grace College, 200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, IN 46590, designated for the John Cahill Entrepreneurship Fund.