James Roberts

James Aaron "Jim" Roberts

Saturday, January 5th, 1963 - Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
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James (Jim) Aaron Roberts passed away July 7th 2020. He was born January 5th, 1963, to Paul James (deceased) and Beatrice Claire Roberts in Findlay, Ohio. Jim graduated in 1981 from Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City, Ohio, graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1985, and continued his education at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, receiving his Master’s degree in 1991.

Jim was the assistant marching band director in the Warren Local School District from 1985 to 1994. He also directed the Warren High School pep and jazz bands. Throughout his tenure he taught music classes at Cutler, Bartlett, and Little Hocking Elementary Schools, as well as a variety of junior-high classes. Most recently he taught sixth-grade science at Warren Middle School. He was a long-time member of Christ United Methodist Church, playing trombone in musical services, teaching and participating in Sunday school, and serving on the board of trustees. He was an active member of the Boy Scouts Troop 231 as an adult volunteer and merit badge counselor. For many summers he managed the Devola Pool, putting on events that became summer fixtures for many families in the community. Along with his talent and passion for music, he was a patron of the Peoples Bank Theatre. As a member of the Marietta Soccer League Board, Jim was devoted to the development of youth soccer. On the field, he volunteered as a coach and referee; on the sidelines, he was a proud and loving father, cheering on his children during their games. A beloved hobby of Jim’s was researching his family genealogy.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Lou Ann Siegel Roberts, along with his children Matthew Roberts (Alexandra) of Bloomington, Indiana, Andrew Roberts (US Coast Guard, Sitka, Alaska), and Embrey Roberts; mother Beatrice Roberts; stepmother Shirley Roberts; brothers William Roberts (Melissa), David Roberts (Julie), Keith Roberts (Julie), and sister Brigitte Roberts, along with many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church at 301 Wooster Street, Marietta, Ohio, 45750.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home is honored to serve the Roberts family and offers online condolences and many other resources by visiting their website, .

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  • Private Family Funeral Services

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 |
    Saturday, July 11th, 2020
    Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples
    408 Front Street
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
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    Public service will be announced at a later date
    Pastor Cheryl Arnold


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Shirley Fosnot

Posted at 09:01am
I was a high school friend of Jim's. Remeber the many seasons of band and his kind heart. Was saddened by the news. Prayers to his wife and family. May your many memories help you during this difficult time.
Shirley Fosnot

Dawn Ullmann McNeal

Posted at 08:19am
Lou Ann & family, I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jim. He truly was an inspiration to me (‘85-‘88), when he first started working with the band, and to so many others through the years. He will be greatly missed by so many! Praying for you all!

Bob and Carole Koontz

Posted at 01:04am
Lou Ann and Family,
We are shocked and so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. He lived a very full and useful life, enriching the lives of countless individuals in the community. May you all cherish the wonderful memories of his life. May God grant you peace and strength in this time of sorrow.
Bob and Carole Koontz

Pat McWhortor

Posted at 06:38pm
When the leaves of this tree rustle with the wind, let they play the music Jim so loved and shared throughout his life.
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Patrick McWhortor

Posted at 06:34pm
I was in 6th grade when I met Jim in Tipp City, Ohio. Though he was two years older, we made a connection and later in high school, shared our passion for music in marching and concert band. One of the reasons I enjoyed hanging out with Jim was that he had this serious demeanor on the exterior, but I knew how to get him to laugh. It is a joy for me to help people laugh and Jim was perhaps the first person I learned how to bring the natural joy of laughter to the surface. We also had a common love for history, and forever shared our latest good reads. Just last year, he turned me on to The Pioneers, by David McCullough, a great story of the settlers of Marietta, which was especially relevant to Jim, and I envied that he got to see McCullough speak upon the book's publication last year. Curiously, Jim and I shared another connection: Arizona. Jim spent one year living in Arizona before I met him. He had told me stories about his brief residency in Phoenix. Then, midway through his senior year (I was a sophomore) in high school, my parents decided to move me to Arizona. That was almost 40 years ago. I'm still here. Even from 2,000 miles away, Jim and I always stayed connected. He was the best man at my wedding in 1985, just before he relocated to Marietta. Whenever in Ohio, we visited. Jim and Lou Ann brought the kids to Arizona once, staying in a resort not five minutes from our house. My wife, Ronda, and I just spent two days last summer in Marietta at Jim and Lou Ann's and thank God we did. Words cannot describe the shock of the news this past week that we lost Jim way too early. My heart goes out to Lou Ann, Matthew, Andrew and Embrey. I lost my dad 23 years ago and I know how hard it is. I know you will realize that your dad will be with you every day for the rest of your life. And Lou Ann, know that Ronda and I have been praying for you this week. Celebrate every year with Jim and remember that his deep caring about people was far and wide, even spanning 44 years and 2,000 miles to me, a dear friend for life. Jim, heaven has a new musician and may you spread the joy of music across the ages as you did in your 57 years on Earth. Your music will play in my heart until I join you.

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