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Jerry RombachJerry Rombach, age 81 and of Elyria, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017 following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jerry was born June 9, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan. Elyria has been his home for 52 years. He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University earning a degree in Journalism. Jerry was the sports editor of the Chronicle-Telegram for many, many years before retiring in 2001. His column -- Sportscope -- was a staple of the Chronicle for many, many years and he continued to cover high school sports after his retirement. His passion was reporting on and recognizing all athletes participating in high school sports.

In spite of not really knowing the history of Elyria sports, he quickly adopted Elyria as his “home town” once he arrived in 1965. Jerry help found the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame in the early 1970s and was a trustee of the organization for over 25 years. He was honored with the Distinguished Service award by the ESHOF in 1997. He helped establish the annual banquet as one of the most important events the City of Elyria looked forward to each year. Jerry was a member of the "Friends of Cascade Park" organization and help with the fund raising for the many trails and bridges currently in use at the Park.

As sports editor, he has been inducted into both the county football and basketball coach’s Halls of Fame. Twice he served as chairman of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters and has won many writing awards.

Jerry was a member of St. Jude Church in Elyria. He loved visiting parishioners hospitalized on a weekly basis. His greatest joy was attending his grandchildren’s activities, especially their sporting events.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years Barbara (nee McBride); children Lori Rombach (Bob Olsen) of Elyria, Jay Rombach (Olga) of Miramar, Fla. , Dana Hoffman (Dave) of Grafton, and April Hones (Billy) of Elyria; grandchildren Mandi, Jason, Ashley, Lauren, Ryan, Cory, and Emily.

He was preceded in death by two grandchildren Kyle and Brooke Hoffman, sister Caralee Rensing, and by his parents Carl and Marie Rombach (nee Wagner).

Friends may call Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 9:00 am until the time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 Noon at St. Jude Church 590 Poplar St., Elyria, Ohio. Rev. Fr. Frank Kosem, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.

Memorial contributions in Jerry's memory may be made to the Friendship Animal Protective League, 8303 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035, or the National Pancreatic Cancer Society, 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814.

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Tony Denslow
sent Tuesday, 01 August 2017 17:05
I knew Jerry for many years as we were co-workers in the newsroom at The Chronicle-Telegram. I love sports too and our conversations about the Browns, Indians and Ohio State were many. His columns illuminated sports in northern Ohio. His many, many articles over the years kept area sports enthusiasts informed. He was good for Elyria and the county. God speed Jerry. My condolences toi his wife, Barbara.
Susan Harnish
sent Monday, 31 July 2017 15:46
I am so very sorry to hear about Mr. Rombach\\\'s passing He was an outstanding writer, person, family man, and friend. He will be dearly missed
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