STOCKTON SPRINGS — James W. McKenney, 78, who was “Jim” to close friends and family, went to his eternal home Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, surrounded by his family, at Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln.

James was predeceased by his father, Harold C. McKenney Sr., and mother Doris M. Roundy McKenney, as well as three sisters and three brothers. He was born July 25, 1943, in Dexter. James was educated from grade school to high school in Stockton Springs. He furthered his education when he joined the Navy, serving on the USS Enterprise.

After serving his beloved country, he went on to serve his neighbors and community as a police officer in Bucksport and Ellsworth, as well as serving as sheriff in Dickinson County, Kansas. He continued working as a private detective before returning to Maine, where his love for the Lord called him to become an ordained minister and he witnessed and helped countless to find the Lord.

James leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Janet S. (Gentz) McKenney; brother Harold C. McKenney Jr. and wife Linda of Stockton Springs; his six children, Julie L. Larrabee, Janine D. Colcord, Judith A. Stover, James W. McKenney II, Jolinda S. McKenney and Joshua J. McKenney. Together they blessed him with 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Family interment with military honors will follow. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.