James B. “Jim” Roberts, 83, of Tiffin, passed away Friday evening, September 13, 2019 at St. Francis Home.
He was born on July 28, 1936 in Tiffin to Richard M. and Bernice (Yundt) Roberts. He married Barbara Mathias on January 21, 1967.
Survivors include his wife Barbara of 52 years; sons, Mark (Barb) Roberts of Tiffin; Scott (Jamie) Roberts of Perrysburg; brother, Charles “C.R.” (Mary Lou) Roberts of Tiffin; eight grandchildren, Scotty (Maggie Morse), Bernie, Caitlin, Christine, Emily, Carli, Cayla, Coraline and close friend, Carrie Haver.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Joyce Jumper.
Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1958 and after a year of training in Russian Language, he was stationed in Japan as an Interpreter until he was honorably discharged in 1961. He attended Heidelberg College, former Seneca county Sheriff from 1969-1979, worked at Findlex and later Nissin Brake in Findlay for over 20 years as a Safety Inspector, currently Tiffin City Councilman, First Ward since 2012, elected to the Seneca County Republican Party Central Committee and Executive Committee, Citizen of the Year, Veteran of the Year, and taught Criminal Justice at Tiffin University for a few years.
He was passionate about his country, Seneca County and the City of Tiffin, volunteering his time on many boards, committees, United Veterans Council Honor Guard, making sure every veteran that passed away was remembered and securing funding for the area Veteran Memorial Parks.
Jim was a member of the American Legion Post 169, Am Vets Post 48, Fostoria Rail Preservation Society and enjoyed watching, listening, and researching trains, model railroading, listening to old radio programs, watching old movies, and the gift of communication.
He will be remembered for generations for what he has done for others, but mostly as a loving husband, father, and grandfather who had great sincerity and commitment.
His service will be Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Little Faith Ministries, 230 S. Washington St., Tiffin, Ohio (formerly Washington Street United Methodist Church) with Pastor Clayton Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the United Veterans Council.
Friends may visit and share stories with the family on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 3-8 PM at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH, 419-447-2424.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Seneca County United Veterans Council.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com
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