James Roynon


ARCHBOLD -- James W. Roynon, 62, of Archbold, Ohio, went home to eternal glory early Friday morning, August 2, 2013, in his home with his wife and children around him.

Jim was born at home in Carey, Ohio, February 7, 1951, to parents Walter and Maxine (Bame) Roynon. The fourth of six children, Jim graduated from Carey High School in 1969 and went on to attend Findlay College achieving a bachelor of arts in both vocal and instrumental music in 1973. Between the years of 1974-1980, Jim taught vocal music at Liberty Center Schools where he met his future wife Nancy A. Spiess. In the fall of 1980-1983 Jim transferred schools to teach K-12 vocal music in the Fayette Local School District.

In 1983, answering the call to ministry, Jim moved his family to Harrisonburg, Va., where he attended Eastern Mennonite Seminary and received his Masters of Divinity. Following graduation, Jim began full-time ministry at Summit Mennonite Church in Barberton, Ohio, serving for two years. Sensing a need for change in 1988, Pastor Jim moved his family closer to home in Archbold, Ohio, where he faithfully served West Clinton Mennonite Church as lead pastor for 19 years. This was followed by interim pastorates at Bethel Mennonite Church, Bellefontaine and Mount Gilead Mennonite Church, Mount Gilead, Ohio. He retired in 2012.

Jim will be remembered for his faithfulness to Christ, pastoral care, love of music and passive-resistance. He was active in leadership for the Northwest Ohio Emmaus community. His past devotion of time and service to the Peace Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA and his commitment to Christian Peacemaker Teams will not be forgotten.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy and four children, Bradley (Jana) Roynon of Burlington, Wis., Taryn (Keith) Myers of Wauseon, Drew (Melinda) Roynon of Eldersburg, Md., Colin (Jenelle) Roynon of Divide, Colo. and his eight young grandchildren.

Also surviving are four sisters, Joyce (Jerry) Crist of Troy, Mich., Sue (Mike) Hartenstein of Fremont, Ohio, Mary (Jerry) Bonds of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Donna (Joel) Harris of Carey, Ohio.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Artis (Carl) Scranton.

Visitation will be held at Central Mennonite Church in Archbold Ohio from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Burial will be in Young Cemetery, Liberty Center, Ohio. A celebration of life service will be at noon, Wednesday, August 7, at the church.

The family requests memorial contributions be given to Christian Peacemaker Team, Peace and Justice Support Network, or the Emmaus Community of Northwest Ohio. Short Funeral Home of Archbold, Ohio, has been trusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.ShortFuneralHome.com.

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