John Arthur Rominger

Published 7:54 am Wednesday, October 18, 2017

John Arthur Rominger, 95, Elizabethton, TN died at his home surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday morning October 11, 2017 after a brief bout with Cancer.

He was born May 18, 1922, in the family home in Blue Springs, Elizabethton, TN, and lived most of his life in Elizabethton, TN

He was preceded in death by his wife Helen Rominger, his parents, Don Claymon & Marcilena Cole Rominger brothers Joseph Rominger, William Orville Rominger, Donnely Cole Rominger & one sister Myron Rominger.

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He is survived by his loving children Cathy Lenn Campbell and husband Bob, Tony Rominger and wife June of Elizabethton, sisters Emma Pierce, Dot Wilson, Ona Faye Oliver & husband Gayle, brother Stuart Rominger & Fiancée Charmie Justis , grandchildren: Marti Poole & husband Scotty & Rhett Rominger, step grandchildren, Robert Campbell & wife Kristi, Mikkie Renfro, Daniel Burleson & wife Lisa, Cari Seaton & Shelley Seaton, great grandson Alex Odom, step great grandchildren, Tucker, Cameron & Sean Campbell and several special nieces and nephews, including Karen & husband Bill Hawley of Huntington, WV, Nancy Schultz of Barboursville, WV.

He grew up in East Tennessee and served his country with honor in the Navy during WWII. Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class served proudly in the United States Navy for over 3 years during World War II. His service ended in the Pacific Theater of Operations after training in Amphibious Operations at Fort Pierce, Florida, present site of the United States Navy Seal Museum. While in service he earned the American Theater Medal, the Pacific Theater Medal, the Navy Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal ending his duty assigned to the US Naval group in China. This service to our country was part of the Original Navy Seal Program for which he is memorialized in the Navy Seal Museum in Ft. Pierce, FL.    

He was locally honored September 18, 2017 by Carter County Commission for Hometown Heros.

After the war he worked at TVA building Watauga Dam and various other TVA facilities. He then started at Sperry/Univac as an electrician in Bristol, TN where he retired in 1984.

He was a 60 Year Member of the Dashiell Masonic Lodge and also a member of the NRA.

As a charter member of East River Park Christian Church, he served as an elder & Chairman of the Board for many years and will always be remembered for his brilliant mind as a teacher and mentor. His biblical knowledge amazed most Bible scholars. He was always a student and loved to read and learn. He has touched hundreds of lives with his wisdom and guidance throughout the years.

He was an outstanding Christian, loving husband, father, patriot, friend and servant of others.

His love of life, service to his country, family and friends showed up in the stories and tales he never tired of telling. He loved to come up with new ways and gadgets to help with any task, an incredible mind and heart, loved to garden, worked tirelessly for others, and people who knew him called themselves blessed.  His legacy will live on through his family and friends who considered him a great man. He was a man of strong faith in God, was kind and compassionate, always available with wise advice and direction, serving as a great role model for others to follow.

Special thanks to Steve & Julia Strazay, Lori Ligon and the entire Amedysis team who have been a Godsend to our family during such a difficult time.

Active Pallbearers Scotty Poole, Loren Pierce, Boyce Rominger & Joy Ketterman

The family will receive friends at East River Park Christian Church, on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 11:00 -1:00 with the Memorial service following at 1:00 P.M. with Richard Thomason, John Smith, Lee Hunt ministers, officiating. Col. USMC Ret. Freddie Taylor will give the Military Eulogy, Music under the direction of Tony Rominger with Fred Goodwin & Lois Carrier assisting.  Graveside services will be immediately following the Memorial Service leaving East River Park Christian Church in procession to Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton, TN.  Military Honors will be provided by Carter County Honor Guard.

Friends may call on the family at the home of John Rominger.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kari’s Heart foundation; checks can be mailed to KHF,  P.O. Box 6165, Johnson City, TN  37602 or online donations at

Condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Funeral Chapel, is serving the Rominger Family

212 N. Main Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643 (423-543-3839)