Pugh2_inlineCANTON, Ohio—Ken Pugh, a retired pastor and police chaplain, died Jan. 26. He was 68.

Ken graduated from Malone University in Canton in 1968. He was pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Byesville, Ohio, from 1973 to 1984, then went on to pastor First Baptist Church, Louisville, Ohio, retiring in 2013. He was also a police chaplain for the Louisville and Canton police departments. (Read about his ministry and that of other police chaplains in “Pastoring in a Police Car,” May/June 2012 Baptist Bulletin.)

Ken was the author of “Faith Column” for Civitas Media news. “Living close to the Good Shepherd opens Heaven’s storehouses to us,” he wrote in his Jan. 15 installment. “We are rich whether or not we are wealthy. We are hope-filled whether or not we are in desperate straits. We have a future whether or not we can spell portfolio.”

Ken was preceded in death by a son, Andrew. He is survived by his wife, Tommi; a daughter, Carrie King; two sons, Chris and Caleb; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Jan. 29 from 4:00 to 7:00 at Grace Baptist Church, Canton, Ohio, where he was a member. The funeral will take place Jan. 30 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church.