James Michael Frontz
October 29, 1997 ‒ January 07, 2021
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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