James David Roehl entered into eternal rest on September 18th, 2021 at the age of 84. His loving wife Barbara preceded him in death in 2020. James’ legacy lives on through his three sons Gordon, Kevin, and Dennis; five grandchildren, Jack, Asher, Sofia, Evangeline, Charli; his sister Marilyn, and his numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom survive him.
James was born on October 11th, 1936 in Pontiac, Michigan to William Walter Roehl and Gladys Louise Roehl. James was an identical twin. His brother Joe passed away in 2010.
In 1954 he quit 11th grade to join the Navy where he got his GED. As a yeoman in the Navy, James served his country with honor.
James met his wife Barbara on July 4th, 1963 at a church picnic in Fenton, Michigan. They were married five months later on November 23rd, 1963, and were married for 56 years.
He enjoyed coaching and umpiring softball, football, and basketball. He was a very skilled chess player, loved to spend time with his grandchildren, travel, and was an avid reader. He loved worshipping the Lord and fellowship with his family and brothers and sisters in Christ. James was a very sweet and gentle soul, generous in all ways, and a very faithful prayer warrior. James lit up a room when he entered. He was truly a Godly man who throughout his entire life, had an unwavering faith in Christ, which he shared with his children, grandchildren, and all those around him.
Devoted Christian, committed husband, loving father, and loyal friend who loved life and the Sovereign Giver thereof.
The visitation is Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 5-7 PM at Gilbert Memorial Park. Burial is Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 1 PM at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. The Memorial Service is Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11 AM at the Reformation Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 11556 East University Drive Apache Junction, AZ 85120. Refreshments will follow the service.