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Wayne J. RollerWayne J. Roller Jr., 64, of Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Friday, June 2, 2017. He was born June 24, 1952 in Lancaster and was the son of the late Wayne J. and Dorothy (Williamson) Roller Sr.
Wayne was a registered official for over 40 years. He developed training protocol, policies and procedures for new and veteran officials through camps and mentor programs. He officiated 17 State Volleyball Tournaments and 14 State Basketball Tournaments including LeBron James in his State High School Championship. Fought for and implemented 3 person Freshman and JV crews for both boys and girls high school basketball in the Central District, Developed first effective mentor system by pairing varsity and JV crews in both boys and girls high school basketball. He was a former commissioner of the Mid State League and a charter member of OHSAA Certified Assignor Program. He assigned the first female official to officiate a boys varsity basketball game in the Central District and was the assignor for basketball and/or volleyball in the Mid State League, Ohio Capital Conference, Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic League, Central Catholic League and the South Central Ohio League. He assigned officials for high profile specialty events such as Classic in the Country and the Scholastic Play by Play Classic and assigned officials for Ohio Christian Schools Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament. He was an officer of Lancaster Volleyball Officials Association and Fairfield County Basketball Officials Association. One of his proudest moments came when he was inducted into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame in 2008.
Although he had many accomplishments, none compared to the love that was shared with his wife, Jackie (Cinquepalmi) Roller; children, Heather (Kyle) Nameth, Kody Jackson, Renee (Rod) Suhr and Eddie (Farrah) Pestian; grandchildren, Zachary and Bentley Nameth and a little granddaughter on the way and Alec and Ethan Pestian. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Harvey.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Amanda Clearcreek High School with Pastor Leonard Tippie officiating. Burial will follow in Amanda Twp. Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the A-C High School.
The family would like contributions to be made to the Wayne Roller Memorial Fund c/o Fairfield County Foundation, 162 E. Main St., Lancaster, Ohio 43130 in Wayneâs memory.
To Jackie Roller and the Family,
Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss.
Wayne and I started basketball officiating at about the same time but he seemed more like a veteran than a rookie. His organization and preparation were impeccable. Our officiating philosophies were alike. Execute the rulesand afford the players and coaches a level playing field to perform at their best. As a coach, I always knew Wayne would provide a positive contribution to the contest. His Hall of Fame career is part of his legacy and a model for all officials.
Jim N. Reed
Jim N. Reed Jun 8 2017 12:00 AM
My sincerest condolences to the entire Roller family. I knew Wayne as an official and a man of genuine integrity. I am forever grateful to have worked a State Tournament with Wayne and will always remember his friendship and guidance.
Robert Glasgow Jun 8 2017 12:00 AM
Whenever I saw Wayne as a referee for one of my games, I knew it would be a well-officiated game from one of the top officials in the state. Always enjoyed talking to him any chance I had.
Bob Shoemaker, Past Head Boys' Basketball Coach at Heath High School
Bob Shoemaker Jun 8 2017 12:00 AM
My Condolences to the family...He was a mentor in basketball and a friend.
I will miss seeing him at the state basketball tournaments.
May God Bless you
Jacki Oen Jun 7 2017 12:00 AM
I would like to start out by saying I have worked for Wayne the last 12 years as a basketball official. I have never met a more kinder or honest person in my life. Wayne was a joy to be around and to talk to, I will miss Wayne all the rest of the days I am on this earth. God bless you Jackie and your entire family, Wayne is now with Jesus and is father God, where there is always love and happiness and peace in heaven.
Sincerely Tim Brown!
Tim Brown Jun 7 2017 12:00 AM
We would like to send a prayers and condolences to the Roller Family for the sudden passing of my friend Wayne Roller. Wayne will be missed in so many ways not only for his positive approach toward high school athletics but just a person to whom everyone had a mutual respect.
God Bless the family during the time and comfort you during the time of need.
Lewis Walker & Family Jun 6 2017 12:00 AM
Wayne has been a friend, mentor and fellow vb official for over 25 years. He certainly made an indelible mark on central Ohio and in high school sports. We have traveled many a road together, but this one he chose to take alone. He will sadly be missed. Condolences to all of his family. He will be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. Ed Pagnanelli
Ed Pagnanelli Jun 6 2017 12:00 AM
Prayers for strength to the family during this sorrowful times of their lives. I never met or knew Mr. Roller, but as a fellow Volleyball official, please accept my note of sympathy. We all have a bond amongst each other and know from what I read, he was a very respected person that will be missed. I wished I could have met him. May God be with you
Vincent E. Rudolph Jun 5 2017 12:00 AM
My sincere condolences to Jackie and family.
Wayne was a great volleyball mentor to me and I will be forever grateful for all he did for me and with the volleyball association. His obituary says it all! He was a innovative and forward thinking man. He will be very much missed by all who know this kind and funny person. I wish him much peace in God's home. In deepest sympathy, Robin Hardy
Robin Hardy Jun 5 2017 12:00 AM
My Condolence to the Roller Family from a fellow official and assigner, David A. Veitz - All American Conference Youngstown, Ohio
David A. Veitz - Assigner Basketball All American Conference Jun 5 2017 12:00 AM