James Michael Frontz

October 29, 1997 ‒ January 07, 2021

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  The essential elements of an encourager are equal parts of compassion, concern, and support, all wrapped up in initiative. One sincere word from a genuine heart is a spiritual art – one that is learned by practicing it. A modern-day Barnabas, James Frontz was an encourager, uplifting many people that crossed his path. It was his important ministry.

With his days known only by God – that number was complete, as the Lord brought James to Himself Thursday morning January 7, 2021 from Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville following an unforeseen and sudden illness, he was 23.

Born October 29, 1997 in Mansfield to Parents Michael C. and Sherry L. (Sims) Frontz, he attended Mansfield Christian School, where he graduated in 2016.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in 2020 from Indiana Wesleyan University and was planning on pursuing a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. His heart for children and younger kids led him to a position with Hopebridge Autism Therapy Center in Columbus as a behavioral therapist, where he worked with students on the Autism spectrum.

James had a relaxed and easy-going personality. His light-heartedness and sense of humor made him easy to be around. He was a genuine friend. His humble and giving nature led him to eagerly serve others. His sense of humor leaned to the sarcastic, and his winsome laugh brought joy to many.

A fan of Ohio sports teams, he looked forward to the next big game, and enjoyed traveling to large sports venues.

James will be remembered for his smile – always his smile – his love for adventure – and his desire for fellowship with family and friends.

A member of Berean Baptist Church, James loved to play guitar. He played acoustic and bass guitar on the youth worship team, and later on the adult worship team. Though behind the scenes, James was vibrant and a vital part of the engine of the group.

He is survived by his parents Michael C. and Sherry L. Frontz; his sister Julia Frontz; paternal grandparents Charles and Pat Frontz of Bellville; maternal grandparents Terry and Kay Sims of Hillsboro and Mark McNish of Chillicothe; maternal great grandmother Marge Sims of Chillicothe; uncles Jason and Beth Sims of Clarksville, TN, Scott Sims and Michelle Mathuews of Grove City, Andy Sims of Columbus; numerous cousins, a loving extended family; and a circle of close friends.

In addition to several great grandparents, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Pam McNish; and an aunt Sandee Leeka.

The Frontz family will receive friends Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield. Face coverings are requested. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of James Frontz will be celebrated Friday at 11 a.m. in the church building. Pastors Phil Leineweber and Matt Spiegel will speak. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in James’ memory to establish The James Frontz Memorial Fund (Please make checks payable: Michael C. Frontz) and these may be made at the services or mailed to the funeral home: Snyder Funeral Home, PO Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Frontz family. Share a message of support with them online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • Words cannot express my heart break at the loss of James from this life. I pray that you receive multiple measures of peace and strength from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Heaven’s worship team has received a beautiful soul. I will continue to pray for your family in the days ahead.

  • Mike, Sherry, and Julia, my heart breaks with yours. I think of James so fondly with sweet and humorous memories. He is a lovely young man who now stands before his Savior and hears the words, “Well done.” My sincerest sympathy to each of you as you mourn his passing. Beth Feia

  • What a beautiful obituary honoring a wonderful man! James was a special blessing to so many including us. As long as we have breath we will miss him, and after that we will celebrate eternity with him. Thanks be to God.
    Dear Sherry, Mike and Julia, we love you and are praying you through this very difficult time.
    Love and peace,
    Aunt Carol Ann and Uncle John

  • Mike, Sherry and Julia, our heartfelt and deepest sympathy are with you. We know that James’s spirit now soars blessedly in God’s lovingkindness, and he will always be with you. May you be comforted in your wide circle of family, friends and colleagues.
    Tess & Celeste

  • Mike, Sherry, and Julia,
    We are heartbroken with you for your loss and know that we are praying for you all daily, for God’s immeasurable grace and mercy to be with you. This is a beautiful obituary of such a dynamic young man that will be missed by so many.

  • Dear Sherry, Mike and Julia, No words can express our deepest sympathy for James. He was a shining star here on earth and an even brighter one now in the heavens above. Let God comfort you during this sad time. God bless you all. Manny and Phyl Payton.

  • Mike, Sherry and Julia,

    What a beautiful obituary. We are so very sorry for your loss. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Carla and Joseph

  • Please know that many prayers are being lifted up on your behalf in this time of great sorrow and praise to God for a precious son who obviously will be missed. The hole in your heart can only be consoled by realizing that James is with Jesus and someday you will join him. With deep sympathies.

  • Mike, Sherry and Julia

    Please know you have my sincerest sympathy and condolences. My heart grieves with you and will always cherish the fond memories I have of James.

    You are loved,
    Mike Dillon

  • My deepest sympathy and prayers are being sent to the Frontz family. I did not know James but worked with his dad and grandmother at United Telephone in Mansfield. My heart breaks for the loss of this young man. May your faith in God and His promise of eternal life as well as the cherished memories you have of James give you comfort.

  • Dear Mike and Family, words cannot express how saddened I am to hear of your son’s passing. I pray that your faith will give you strength every day. 🙏

  • Dear Mike and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Mike and family,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. Praying that there are many special memories to help you through this difficult time

  • Dear Mike and Sherry,

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your son. May God’s comfort and strength be with you now and in the days and weeks to come!
    With sympathy,

  • Mike & family,
    I am so very sorry to learn of the loss of your dear son. Praying for comfort for your entire family.

  • Beautifully written obituary. Thoughts and prayers are lifted to the One who heals. May God carry you along this life until you are reunited with your son, brother, great grandson, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He was created for God’s glory and it appears as though he fulfilled that mission wholeheartedly. May you find hope in the promises given to us from our Saviour. John 14:3

  • Such a BEAUTIFUL person and such a BEAUTIFUL life… we are so very sorry for your loss and continue to pray for strength at this surreal time of loss and grief.
    I will always remember James for how fun he was to be around (that SMILE!) and his musical abilities in Image. I imagine him playing his heart out for heaven’s worship team💜
    We love you
    Julie Bartholomew

  • We are so very sorry for the loss of your son and brother. He sounds like he was an amazing young man. We wish we had had the pleasure of knowing him. We pray for healing of the hearts of all that love him.

  • Sherry, Mike and Julia….so sorry for your loss of sweet James. Although it is so very hard to have him not here in person we hope you will receive comfort in knowing James is with the Lord completely healed and you will see him again one day. May he be your angel always with you and watching over you. Prayers for the days ahead.

  • Mike, Sherry and family, my deepest sympathy, thoughts, prayers and hugs for all of you. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Mike & Family…I am so very saddened to hear of your son James’ passing. I know you are a family strong in your faith. I pray that faith wraps around you all & brings you peace during this difficult time. May the wonderful memories you have of James bring you comfort in the days ahead. God Bless.

  • Heartbreaking doesn’t cover the loss of a child.
    Mike, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time.
    With deepest sympathies.

  • This is a beautifully written obituary honoring a fine young man. My thoughts and prayers are with this amazing family. May God grant you peace in the coming days as you recognize His plan.

  • Dear Frontz Family I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of James May God show the family His comfort during this time and continue to give His strength, God bless you all Bill Leding

  • Dear Mike and Family,
    My deepest Sympathy in the loss of your son, James. A beautiful obituary for your son that accomplished so much. Thoughts and Prayers to all of you during this difficult time.

  • Mike and Family, May your memories bring you comfort and may peace surround your grieving hearts. My deepest sympathy for your loss on this earth.

  • Sherry, Mike and Julia ,

    There are no words to express how incredibly heartbroken we are for you all. We love you all very much and only wish we could have done more to help and to will a different outcome. We will be with you today, tomorrow and always. The obituary is beautifully worded and truly captures just how remarkable of a person James was and the legacy he leaves behind..never to be forgotten. May your steadfast faith, family and friends be sources of comfort, strength and love. Know we are with you and here for you today, tomorrow and always as is our love.

    The Boscos
    Tim, Veru, Zach and Julia

  • Sherry, Mike & Julia our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved son and brother. May you feel God’s love and strength through the next days and weeks as you hold tight your precious memories of James. Love & Hugs, Teresa & Michael and family

  • Please know that we are praying for a peace that only God can give at this very difficult time. Although we didn’t know James on a personal level, both of our boys spoke very highly of him and are shocked and saddened at his passing. We will continue to pray for your family in the days and weeks to come.

  • Dear Mike, Sherry and Julia, we are so, so sorry for the loss of your beautiful son James. We will keep you in our prayers in the days ahead. We love you.
    The Yard family
    Dan, Lynn, Sophia, Ava, Zac and Ayla

  • Pat and Family…I am sorry for the loss of your grandson…he sounded like a wonderful young man…my thoughts and prayers are with you all…take care💛

  • Mike and Family,

    Although I didn’t know your son personally, I gather from this beautifully written obituary, you and your wife raised an incredible young man who was generous in spirit and kind toward Others. I am thinking of you during this difficult time.

  • Mike, Sherry, and Family,

    We were so very sorry to hear of James’ passing. What a kind young man you raised. He will indeed always be remembered for his warm and friendly smile; and for
    his willingness to always selflessly serve others.

    We pray you feel the peace that only God can give as He wraps you in His loving arms and carries you through these difficult days.

    With our deepest sympathy,
    The Gray Family
    Gordon, Kelly, Mason, Zac, and Haley

  • Dear Frontz Family,
    We will always remember James’ kind and gentle spirit. We treasure those years in Image. When talking with us or anyone, James was always 100% present and gave of himself fully without distraction. You raised a remarkable young man. Our hearts ache for your loss and will continue to pray for your strength and peace, resting in God’s love.
    With love,
    The Laub Family

  • Michael please know that Crystal, Coral & Charlene (Armstrong) have been lifting you and your family up over the past couple of weeks in regards to James. All of you have such a tremendous testimony to your faith in a God who is loving and also mysterious. May the Spirit of His Son continue to give you strength and bring you that unexplainable peace in the days ahead.

  • Mike and Sherry, we were very saddened to hear this sudden loss. We remember James as a happy young boy with a sweet spirit. We are praying for God’s covering over your both and a special covering of comfort and peace of Julie. Many prayers for your family!

  • We are so sorry for your loss! We had the privilege of spending a weekend with James when he came in town for Josh & Madison (Kohler) Walton’s wedding. He was such a kind & joyful young man with fun-loving personality. We will continue to pray for your family as you grieve!

  • Mike And Sherry in Julia I’m grieving in crying with u losing A child is hard I pray for you all each in everyday Word can not express enough He was A Good friend to everyone I am going too miss him dearly I love you guys all He in A better place with the lord I pray God gives u all comfort and strength through this difficult time.

  • Sherry and family: Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I read James story and what a wonderful young man he was. May our Lord give you peace with James passing. The life he lived will have a profound effect on many that he left behind. May God bless and keep you,

  • Mike and Sherry: My heart is so very sad to learn of this tragedy, your faith and friends will lift you up during this painful time.

  • Mike and Sherry,

    I’m so saddened by the loss of James. He clearly had a heart for worship and service. I am praying that God sustains you through this terribly difficult time, and that His love and mercy carry you through a time of healing.

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Randy Snyder

  • Oh Mike, I am so very sorry to hear this news. May our God of All Compassion and Comfort wrap you and your entire family in His Loving Arms during this difficult time and in the days ahead…lifting you and your family in prayer.

    With my deepest sympathy,
    Chris Craig

  • Dear Frontz family,
    We are so terribly sorry to learn of the heart-rending loss of James. Our prayers are with you all.
    Brian and Donna Wilson
    Ellen (class of 2016)
    Cameron, and Julia

  • I didn’t know him, but from his obituary, he sounds like a wonderful person. Love his smile in the photo, too. Hugs and prayers to all of you for peace and comfort in the days ahead knowing where he will spend eternity.

  • Mike, Sherry, and Julia,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this heart-breaking loss of your precious James. We take comfort with you in the promised reunion ahead and pray for strength, mercy, and compassion to pour abundantly from His throne to you between now and that coming day. It is a gift to know that God’s Son and yours are now face to face companions and that James now sees every truth you taught him and modeled for him in full and glorious perspective. May you be daily wrapped in the love and prayers of all who love you and adored James.

  • Mike Frontz and family. Words cannot describe how sorry I am for the loss of your precious son. According to his obituary, his short time spent here was definitely life changing for all who knew him. I pray for you and your family that your hearts find peace.

  • I met James several times over the years he was a roommate to my son, Erik, at Indiana Wesleyan University. James was always friendly and willing to answer my questions about what he was studying and how he was doing. I know that he was a great friend to Erik and an important part of his college experience. Please be assured that our family is praying for James’ friends and family that you will experience the comfort of God in this very difficult time.

  • Dear Mike,Sherry and Julia I can’t find the words to say how very sorry I am for you in the lost of your precious son. I didn’t get to personally know him but we wave at each other as I would drive by or if we would both be in the backyard he would be playing with his dog. I can tell you I know the pain you are feeling I lost my son when he was 16. What a wonderful truth you have that he is with Jesus .I have been praying for you that The Lord will bless you and give you peace Sending love and hugs 🤗 ❤ 💖 💗 💕 your neighbor

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