Blair H. McKim

Blair Howard McKim, 85, of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, with his loving wife at his side.

Blair was born on March 23, 1936, in Three Springs, Pennsylvania, the second of seven children to Paul Leroy and Irene (Heclo) McKim. Blair lived with his grandmother, a godly woman who had a strong influence on Blair, until the age of 13 in the house across from the family farm. Blair worked on the farm until the age of 19 when he left to study accounting at Shippensburg University. While attending Shippensburg, Blair was called into the ministry. He graduated from Eastern Nazarene College and then from Nazarene Seminary. After seminary Blair pastored three different churches over 26 years, followed by doing estate planning.

While attending Eastern Nazarene College, Blair met and married Vera (Bock) McKim. Vera passed away in 2008 after 51 years of marriage. They had no children.

In 2010, Blair proposed to Donna (Mace) Grill on a hot air balloon flight. Donna accepted and they were married that November. That began 11 years of a happy marriage to Donna.

With his marriage to Donna, Blair became a stepfather to Donna’s five children, grandfather to her 11 grandchildren, and later a great-grandfather of four. He enjoined his extended family, and was lovingly known as Pappy to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Blair was a lifelong pastor, even after retiring from full-time ministry. Blair taught Bible lessons in his home, and hosted get-togethers for senior church members from the Shippensburg Church of the Nazarene, which Blair attended after moving to Shippensburg to retire. Blair also taught Bible lessons and Tai Chi at the Southampton Township Senior Center.

Blair was a wonderful husband, helpmate and companion to his wife, Donna, and was the love of her life. Blair was well-known for his broad smile and unfailing cheerfulness. His kind, gentle, generous spirit and love for the Lord will not be forgotten.

In addition to his wife, Blair is survived by three brothers, Glenn and his wife, Eleanor, Paul and his wife, Gail, and Don and his wife, Erneta; a sister, Ella DiGuglielmo and her husband, Angelo; five stepchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

Blair was preceded in death by his brother, Ernie; sister, Audrey; and first wife, Vera (Bock) McKim.

His viewing will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at the Shippensburg Church of the Nazarene at 429 E. Orange St., Shippensburg, followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m., officiated by Rev. Dale A. Detweiler. The interment service, for family only, will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery. A celebration of the memory of Blair’s life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shippensburg Church of the Nazarene, c/o: The New Building Fund.

Blair’s funeral arrangements are being cared for by the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium Inc., Shippensburg.

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