James Philip Roney
June 14, 1948 – September 8, 2020
James “Jim” Roney of Austin, Texas passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 72.
Jim is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kathleen “Kathy” (Callahan); two daughters Erin Cooper (Lance) of Pearland, TX and Colleen Flanagan (Richard) of Fairfield, CT; four granddaughters, Kendall and Kaitlyn Cooper and Molly and Cassidy Flanagan; and seven siblings, Margaret Perrie (Andrew) of Oshkosh, WI, Anne Ringquist (John) of Eden Prairie, MN, Dr. Ellen Roney (Joseph Sokal) of Madison, WI, Mary Roney of Rantoul, IL, Christopher Roney of Boulder, CO, Sarah Ryan (Kevin) of Oconomowoc, WI, and Frank Roney (Lisa) of Seattle, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Kathleen Roney and his brother, Daniel Roney. He is also survived by 25 nieces and nephews.
Jim was raised in Rantoul, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1970 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After moving to Poughkeepsie, NY, Jim began working for IBM as a hardware engineer while also earning an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University. In 1972, he joined the Marine Corps and trained to become a CH-53 Helicopter Pilot. He served both stateside and in the Vietnam War for five years, receiving an Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. Jim rose to the rank of Captain. Jim’s experiences in Vietnam included evacuating the U.S. Embassy during the Fall of Saigon. He was a proud veteran and continued to support veteran causes throughout his life.
He met Kathy at IBM Poughkeepsie and they married in 1979. His career at IBM spanned 42 years in 3 locations – including a stop in Boca Raton, FL before settling in Austin, TX. He retired from IBM Austin in 2012.
Jim was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, known for his soft-spoken demeanor at home and at work. He will be remembered by those close to him as a smart, kind, patient, and generous man with an incredible faith in God. He loved sports, especially his Fighting Illini, and grew into an Aggie fan and football season ticket holder after both his daughters graduated from Texas A&M University. The family would like to thank the nurses at Heart to Heart Hospice for their loving care and support during his final days.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made in James Roney’s name to:
Power for Parkinson’s https://www.powerforparkinsons.org/donate
Heart to Heart Hospice https://www.htohhfoundation.org/donation
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
James Philip Roney
September 24, 2020
When I think of Uncle Jim, the first thing that always comes to mind is flying in his plane, and I swear to this day he did spins. And if he didn't, don't tell me, I like to remember it that way. Erin & Colleen, it's the grander version of my parents getting rid of their boat before I was born. Love you all.
Cindy and Jeff Richter
September 19, 2020
Jim's faith in God was greatly admired. He was a wonderful man and a good friend. Memories of him will linger in my mind forever. Gods Peace be with Kathy, Erin, Colleen, and family members.
September 18, 2020
Jim and I grew up together and we spent a lot of time together from from our grade school years though college. He was very intelligent and soft spoken. He had a very calm manner and very rarely lost his cool. We played a lot of basketball, baseball, and football in pickup games and he was a good high school forward. My wife and I had the pleasure of attending Jim' s wedding to the love of his live, Kathy. As we grew older and talked he loved sharing the pride he had in his daughters and their families, especially the grandchildren. A good man is gone.
September 16, 2020
I enjoyed taking care of Mr Jim it’s been a little over a week an I miss him dearly , so thankful to have known him an his family 💙