---- — James Anthony Hronchek, 61, passed away at home on Sept. 30, 2013, surrounded by love. Jim was born in Warren, Ohio, on Jan. 15, 1952, to Anthony S. Hronchek and Katherine J. (Fallon) Hronchek of Warren, Ohio. He married Chandra Gambill in 1976, and they spent 37 wonderful and eventful years together.
Jim attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, receiving his B.S. in electrical engineering technology in 1976. He joined with PR Mallory in Indianapolis, then subsequently moved to Kokomo in 1979, where he successively worked with Whitesell & Associates in electronics sales, Delco Electronics as an electronics test engineer, and Electronic Data Systems as an applied software specialist. He spent several years with Kimball Electronics in Jasper, then Hewlett Packard in Carmel, before opening his own engineering consulting firm in 2009. Jim was inventive and creative in electronics and embedded software, with several unique designs and innovations to his name.
A gifted guitarist, singer and songwriter, Jim acted as worship leader for area churches and organizations between 1980 and 2005. He heard music from heaven and published five albums between 1983 and 2000. Jim’s gifts, talents, giving heart and presence will be missed by his family, friends and co-workers.
He is survived by three sons, Capt. Brian J. Hronchek (USMC), Jacksonville, N.C., Daniel R. Hronchek, Holland, Mich., and Jeffrey J. Hronchek, Fort Worth, Texas; brother, Ronald A. Hronchek of Lady Lake, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Anthony (Kathleen J.) Napolitan and Miss Ruth Ann Hronchek, Indio, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Audrey, Reesa and Isaac.
Visitation with family and friends will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, followed by a memorial service beginning at noon at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, 2097 W. Alto Rd. Burial will take place in Little Eagle Creek Cemetery in Hamilton County.
Donations in memory of Jim may be made to Refuge Ministries, PO Box 4741, El Paso, Texas, 79914, or Great Lakes Caring, 3115 S. Webster St., Kokomo, Ind., 46902. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.