James Ronald Churchill
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James Ronald Churchill
He was born in Pittsburgh, where he spent his youth before moving to Grove City, where he lived the remainder of his life.
He was a man of many names and dearly loved as all of them.
"Beloved Son" by his Savior, Jesus Christ and his earthly parents James S. and Jean E. (Miller) Churchill, who now welcome him with open arms.
"Husband" by his wife of 48 years and love of his life, Linda L. (Young) Churchill of Grove City.
"Brother" by his sister Darlene Hanna and husband Raeman of Harrisville and sister-in-law Tracey Schaefer of Mercer.
"Dad" by his son Jonathan R. and wife Rebecca of Longwood, Fla., and his daughter Veronica L. and husband Brian Harcar of West Middlesex. He had two honorary daughters, Amy (Settlemire) Wentzel and Vicki (Kelly) Wilkins and an honorary son, Silvio Schindler of Brazil.
"Papa Ron" by his treasured grandchildren, Hallee Pell-Brown, Natalie Houston, Landon, Carleigh and Avery Churchill, and Morrison and Sebastien Harcar.
"Uncle Ron" by his nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.
"Ron" by those who were privileged to call him a friend and by his fellow servants at Tower Presbyterian Church in Grove City, where he served selflessly as a deacon, trustee, elder, youth leader and Sunday School teacher.
"Judas" by those who participated in the church's Maundy Thursday "Last Supper" soliloquy, the role he played for its 35-year existence.
"Warrior" by those who aided in his courageous battle with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig's Disease).
"Jim" or "Church" by those at the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad, from which he retired in 2008 after 40 years of employment as a track foreman. He also served as the general chairman of the Maintenance of Way Employees union for many years.
"Mr. Churchill" by Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, where he led for 20-plus years.
Lastly, "Coach" by so many to whom he shared his passion of the sport of soccer. He spent endless hours as a mentor to those he taught over the past 40 years. He coached his children, his grandchildren, and athletes on the Grove City High School team, where he coached for five years, as well as the many youth in the Grove City Youth Soccer Association. He also served as the president of the board for the GCYSA for many years. He took the time to help anyone who was willing to learn. When he wasn't coaching, he could be found in the announcing booth as the Voice of the Eagles where he spent many years doing play-by-play announcing during home soccer games.
He lived life to its fullest and enjoyed many adventures along the way: traveling with his wife and friends by plane, boat, train, Harley or Mustang; enjoying nature camping and fishing; creating masterpieces in his woodshop; tinkering with model railroad sets; web slinging with Spiderman while reading his collection of Marvel comic books; enjoying Eat'n Park breakfasts; riding thrill rides at various amusement parks across the country; watching the Steelers, Penguins or his Green Bay Packers; and spending hours playing with his grandchildren.
James Ronald Churchill, 71, of Grove City.
Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (4-16-19) at CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday (4-17-19) in the Sanctuary of Tower Presbyterian Church, Grove City.
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