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Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service

1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA

OBITUARY

Kyle Woodrow McQuillen Jr.

May 6, 1938March 16, 2020

Kyle W. McQuillen, Jr. May 6, 1938- March 16, 2020 Kyle was born in Williamsport, PA to the late, Kyle W. McQuillen, Sr. and Evelyn McQuillen, but grew up in Philipsburg, PA where he graduated from high school in 1956. Having grown up in a non-Christian home, Kyle did not attend church for the first fifteen years of his life. While a sophomore in high school, Kyle attended a revival service at the Methodist church in town at which time he responded to an invitation and gave himself to Christ in October, 1953. Soon after, Kyle felt the call to ministry and began to make plans to attend college and seminary after graduation from high school.

Kyle studied at Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, University of Exeter in England, and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he received a Master of Divinity degree.

For twenty-five years he pastored in United Methodist churches in Pennsylvania and then he and his wife, Mar Louise, whom he married in 1959, answered the call to missions to serve in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, West Africa. He then served as the missionary in residence for one year traveling throughout the United States and Canada for the Methodist Church.

In 1987 Kyle was invited by the United Brethren in Christ denomination to become part of the Department of Missions as associate director, a position he held for two years until he was called to be the senior pastor of College Park United Brethren in Christ church. He continued in this position until 1993 when he was elected by the General Conference to the position of Director of International Ministries, a position he held for eight years until his retirement in 2001.

After his retirement he and his wife, Mar Louise, moved to Hacienda del Rio in Edgewater. Though officially retired Kyle was invited to serve as part time pastor of visitation, pastoral care, and counseling at Edgewater Alliance Church. He was on staff either full time or part time for all of his eighteen years in Edgewater. Kyle also served for several years as a volunteer coordinator for the Horizons Community in Prison at Tomoka Correctional Institution. Then in 2012, he became full time Transitional Coordinator of Horizons, a position he held until September 2015. His interest in the incarcerated men and women continued as he made regular visits to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach. He was also a volunteer chaplain for the Volusia Sheriff Department.

In December 2011, Kyle was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma requiring four months of chemotherapy. In April 2012 the Lymphoma went into remission. Then in October, 2017 he was diagnosed with MDS (Myelodysplastic syndrome) a cancer of the bone marrow which late last fall developed into leukemia. He continued treatment for this until his death. He went to be with the Lord at his home in Fredericksburg, VA, He died peacefully surrounded by his wife and children.

A celebration of Kyle's life will be held at a later date at Edgewater Alliance Church in Edgewater, FL.

Surviving Kyle are his wife of 60 years Mar Louise; his children Keith McQuillen and wife, Debra, Susan Booth, and Janet Traugh and husband, Matthew; seven grandchildren Nicholas Booth, Brandon Booth, Kyle Traugh, Eric McQuillen, Nathaniel Traugh, Taylor McQuillen, and Victoria McQuillen; four great grandchildren Layla Traugh, Colten Booth, Tyler Booth, and Paul Booth; his sister, Connie Wilkes and husband, Willie; and his brother, Bud McQuillen and wife, Donna.

Contributions can be made in Kyle’s honor to either The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or St. Judes.

Condolences can be sent to: Mar Louise McQuillen 5714 Spring Arbor Circle Fredericksburg VA 22407.

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Ann McCauley

March 22, 2020

Mar Louise and family, I'm saddened yet rejoicing that Pastor Kyle is home with the Lord. We were fairly new to EAC when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Kyle would seek him out to encourage him nearly every Sunday. This left a lasting impression as he himself was battling several kinds of cancer. His selfless service for the Lord left us footprints for our journey home. Mar Louise you are a special lady who served humbly and quietly and I feel honored to have known you both. Much love and appreciation. Ann

Karen Anderson

March 19, 2020

I only met Kyle a couple of years ago at Edgewater Alliance Church but instantly loved this kind godly man. You never doubted his love for the Lord and passion for ministry. I’m sure he heard “well done” the moment of his transition into heaven. His impact on others will be remembered throughout eternity.

Carole Horneys

March 19, 2020

I really enjoyed working with / for Kyle for those 3 years in Shippensburg. Also Dave and I appreciated his pastorate and ministry.
Best wishes and love to the family. Carole

Michael McKenna

March 18, 2020

Kyle would bless me enery time he would visit us at McKenna’s in NSB. We felt honored to receive such a blessing from such a honorable man.
In return for all these blessings, one day we had the restaurant sing Happy Birthday to Kyle. The best part for such a outgoing person, Kyle tried to hide under the table to the amazement of his wife!
Thanks Kyle for being a great man and mentor to the people that you touched over your lifetime!

Catherine M. McMahon

March 18, 2020

When visiting Donna and Bud in Florida, I remember this sweet man stopping every night to give buddy (the dog) a treat and share a few words with his brother. I always thought this was a wonderful way to spread the love.

He recently called me to share notes with a fellow cancer patient. I did so appreciate his kind words.

He was a kind and thoughtful man and will be sorely missed.

Elaine Leaf

March 18, 2020

Pastor Kyle was and is an inspiration to all of us. Having been in his company many times in the hospital oncology ward for the past couple of years, I can tell you that he was a strong a man of faith of anyone I have ever known in my life. He told me that he was in victory here and he would be in victory with Jesus and so he is today.I am so grateful to have shared part of this life with him. Our loss; Heaven’s gain

Bob McElheny

March 18, 2020

Pastor McQuillen was the pastor of Shippensburg Christ United Methodist Church during my young years from 5th grade through high school. He moved to another church my senior year and his daughter Sue lived with our family so she could graduate from Shippensburg High School. I remember being an acolyte and lighting the candles and having to sit in the front row during church service. Being quite bored in church as a young teenager, I would play various paper and pencil games with a friend or brother. No-one but the pastor could see what we were doing and I imagine that it didn't inspire his sermons; however, after the service, Pastor McQuillen would smile and gently asked "who won", never getting angry at our lack of interest. I'm not a practicing Christian now, but the morale foundation I received as a child at this church continues to help guide me 40 year later. Thank you Pastor McQuillen, rest in peace.
Bob McElheny

Dane Owens

March 18, 2020

Kyle was the pastor at College Park Church in Huntington, Indiana when I was in High School. He was an amazing man, and the man that saved me. Rest in Peace sir. Thank you, a million times thank you. Peace and love for his family.

Erlinda Lundberg

March 18, 2020

What can I say.....Pastor Kyle was a wonderful and caring person....he loved everyone.
My deepest condolences to all. May Pastor Kyle R.I.P.

Jim Brissey

March 18, 2020

I had several encounters with Pastor Kyle during his chaplaincy service at Tomoka Prison. Every single time I was in his presence I was so blessed and refreshed by his genuine love and humility. He was ‘the real deal’! We know he will be sorely missed by many. Our prayers go out to his family.

Pax,

🙏🏻 Ps. 116:15 🌹

FROM THE FAMILY