Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 24, 2011

James E. ‘Jim’ Pyke


— June 23, 1948 - April 23, 2011

James E. “Jim” Pyke, 62, Rochester, formerly of Kokomo, died at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2011 at his residence.

He was born June 23, 1948, in Kokomo, the son of Arthur L. Pyke and Selvina Lewis. On May 27, 1982, in Gas City, he married Phyllis K. (Mc Cafferty) Pyke, and she survives.

Jim was a 1966 graduate of Kokomo High School, and received his associate degree in carpentry from Ivy Tech in 1990.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving five years in the National Guard, obtaining the rank of staff sergeant. He retired from Delco Electronics in 1997 after 31 years of service. He was a member of Pathway of Hope Church of the Nazarene for many years.

He was an adult Sunday school teacher, worked with the youth, and worked maintenance for the church. After retiring from Delco, he worked as a carpenter. He coached boy’s varsity tennis at Rochester High School. He loved reading his Bible, playing tennis, vacationing with his family, and was an avid fisherman.

He was blessed to have taken many fishing trips to Canada, and other beautiful bodies of water. He enjoyed wintering in Florida, and spending time with his wife of almost 30 years, their children, and grandchildren.

Jim is survived by his wife, Phyllis K. Pyke, Rochester; children, Misty Pyke (Mike Weekly), Ryan Pyke (Danielle Saylor), Mike Murray (Melissa) all of Kokomo, Brian Pyke (Sherry), Nappanee, Bruce Pyke (Jen Clark), Indianapolis, Kim Maxwell-Murdock (James), Galveston, and Patrick Murray (Sky Crowe), Walton; grandchildren, Anthony Hobbs, Justin Hobbs, Mason Pyke, Madison Pyke, Grayson Bolton, Cole Maxwell, Grant Maxwell, Haley Maxwell, Jesse Murdock, Andrew Murray, Cody Scott, Jesse Scott, Zach Scott, Kyndal Murray, Marla Murray, Eddie Johnson, and Aisha Anderson; one great-grandchild, Callie Canady; siblings, Harry Meeks (Georgenia), Cookville, Tenn., Larry Pyke (Alene), Kokomo, and Sandy Hart, North Carolina; in-laws, Joy Smith, Kokomo, Orman McCafferty (Chris), Mansfield, Ark., and James B. McCafferty (Laverda), Waldron, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur L. Pyke; mother, Selvina Lewis; a sister, Mary C. Sanford; father-in-law, James K. McCafferty; mother-in-law, Meddie McCafferty, and a brother-in-law; Richard Smith.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Pathway of Hope Church of the Nazarene, 2700 S. Park Road, Kokomo, with Revs. John Leitzel, Steve Pearce, and Steve Fleck officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.

Friends are invited to call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Shirley and Stout Funeral Home, Lincoln Road Chapel, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Rochester High School tennis team, 1 Zebra Lane, P.O. Box 108, Rochester, Indiana 46975. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.