James “Jim” Waller of Millersport, age 70, passed suddenly and unexpectedly on his hunting land that he loved, doing what made him happy. Jim was a Class of 1966 Johnstown High School graduate. He served his country as an Army MP in the Vietnam War and recently retired from the US Postal Service after 35 years. He was a member of the Millersport Lions Club, Johnstown Sportsman Club and Ohio Field Trial Association (OFTA). Jim was an avid outdoorsman. He grew up hunting, fishing and racing field trial coon hounds. He was a huge Johnstown Jonnies, OSU football, his grandsons’ sports teams and Elvis Presley fan. He was larger than life, a proud man, who never knew a stranger.
Jim leaves behind his beloved wife Nancy (Ralston); children, Cheryl (Sean) Malone of Johnstown, Leeland Waller of Johnstown, Kate (Chris) Clewell of Zanesville, Adam (Katie) Ponton of Phoenix, AZ, and Alex (Brittany) Hopkins of Columbus; grandchildren, Logan, Shannon, Brandon and Mason Malone, Sam and Henry Taylor, Tyler and Rory Clewell and Joseph Ponton; sister-in-law, Debra Waller; mother-in-law, Frances L. Ralston; and best friends, Robert and Patty Moore. He was blessed with many cousins, nieces and nephews, friends and coworkers. He will be greatly missed by the many people who loved and knew him.
He was preceded in death by parents, William and Helen (Kapper) Waller; and brother, Thomas Waller.
A memorial service was held April 14 2019, at the Millersport Covenant Church. The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.