Jim McClellan, 89, died Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center in Titusville. Jim was born in Long Beach, California. He lived in California for 35 years, New Mexico for 7 years, Washington state for 46 years, and came to Titusville, Florida two years ago.
Jim graduated from Talbot Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, CA in 1957 and served as a pastor for much of his life. He pastored churches in South Pasadena, CA, San Bernardino, CA and Kent, Washington. He was also Superintendent at the Brethren Navajo Mission in northwest New Mexico for 7 years. After retirement, Jim worked for Romac Industries in Seattle. He loved people and delighted in visiting with them and hearing their stories. He loved hymns and delighted in singing in various choirs. He sang baritone in the Talbot Quartet, a group that continued for more than 40 years to gather for musical reunions. He also enjoyed working with his hands and fixing things, which led him and Vivian into active service with SOWERS (Servants On Wheels, Ever Ready) an RV helping ministry in which he also served as a chaplain for many years.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 69 ½ years, Vivian McClellan of Titusville, his children, Cathy Drobnick and her husband John of Titusville, Chuck McClellan and his wife Gayle of Pasco, WA, Nancy Hansen and her husband Rod of Hobart, WA, Barbara Farrell and her husband Michael of Auburn, Washington, and Dave McClellan and his wife Karen of Aurora, Ohio. Jim is also survived by his brother Fred McClellan and wife Janis of Beaumont, CA and his brother-in-law Howard Mayes and wife, Nancy of Warsaw, Indiana. Jim dearly loved all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by one grandson and survived by twelve grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren. The combined Celebration of Life service for the fruitful and loving lives of Jim and Vivian will be held Sunday, December 9 at Christ Community Church at 2:00 p.m.