Dan L. Romine, age 71, of Columbia City, IN, passed away peacefully, at 5:02 pm on Sunday December 29, 2019 at his residence. Born on December 23, 1948 in Warsaw, he was the son of Marvin and Alice Virginia (Archambeault ) Romine.
Dan grew up in Etna Green. He attended Mentone High School and graduated with the Class of 1967. He then earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University South Bend in 1971. On August 23, 1969 Dan married Diana Sarber in Mentone.
Dan started his accounting career at Multiplex (Howe, IN) and then went into public accounting at Chiddister & Tudor (Goshen, IN). He moved to Columbia City in 1981 to join Schrader Real Estate & Auction Co. as their internal accountant. He obtained his CPA license in 1983 and joined Baden, Gage & Schroeder in 1988 where he spent 17 years. In 2005, he started his own CPA firm, The Romine Group, where he spent the remainder of his career. Dan had a love for farming and specialized in agricultural clients. Throughout his career, he always found fulfillment in finding ways to strategize with clients to save on taxes.
Dan was a private, quiet and humble man with simple pleasures. He loved the Lord and emphatically told Hospice that he knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and he was at peace. What a blessing! Dan loved his family and was protective of them until the end. He enjoyed rocking away in his La-Z-Boy while spending time with family. He was the all-time pitcher for the family games of wiffle ball and kickball and evened out the teams, while also keeping the peace, for family games of barn ball. Dan loved gardening and would often spend time "putzing" around the yard and landscaping. He loved to mow yard and spend time outdoors. Dan had a love for watching his favorite teams - IU basketball, Notre Dame football and the Boston Red Sox. He had an eclectic love of music with a vast assortment of CDs. He also had an extensive collection of John Deere and International toy tractors. A few of his favorites included: road trips to Shipshewana with his wife, annual "Shrimp Fest" with his family, lemon meringue pie on his birthday and cake donuts for breakfast.
Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Diana Romine; children, Michelle (Adam) Mohler, Ben (Emily) Romine, Eric (Emily) Romine, all of Columbia City; Jon (Megan) Romine of Cape Coral, FL;
Rebekah (Greg) Payne of Avon; Josh (Kayla) Romine of Indianapolis; and Emily (Tadd) Lantz of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Madison, Hannah, Owen, Ellie, Grace, Randy, Ava, Alyssa, Harper, Sophia and Asher; three brothers, one sister and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers (Tommy and Johnny), son (Joel Andrew) and grandson (Jaxon Andrew Lantz).
Friends may call on Thursday January 2, 2020 from 3:00-8:00 pm at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Funeral services for Dan will be held at 10:00 am on Friday January 3, 2020 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery, Columbia City, IN. Memorial contributions in memory of Dan may be made to Parkview Home Health & Hospice, Whitley Branch1270 East State Road 205 Suite 50 Columbia City, IN 46725 or St Vincent House C/O St. Vincent Foundation 8402 Harcourt Road, Suite 210 Indianapolis, IN 46260. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send the family an online condolence.
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Sorry for the loss of your loved one. Was very close to Dan at IUSB (in fact, he was my best man at my wedding in 1975). While we lost track of each other, a fellow IUSB student, Geoff Huys and I were reminiscing this weekend and discovered Dan's passing. Two quick memories: Dan rooted for the Red Sox and I was a Cardinals fan in 1967 (I now work as an usher at Busch Stadium), and at my wedding Dan filled my car with computer dots. We had to go to the car wash to vacuum them up before we left on our honeymoon. Sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed by all.
My deepest sympathy to the Romine family for your loss of an incredible man. I had the privilege of working with Dan over the past two years and i greatly admired his values and his love for family. He loved his work and clients also, and he has provided for their ongoing professional services. Here's to Dan. Thank you.
Diana & family
My deepest sympathy on the passing of Dan. We grew up together, went to school together, and graduated together. You and Dan were very special friends during those years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Aunt Diana, and family.
I’m sorry to hear about the loss of Uncle Dan. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers today. Stay strong.
Diane & Family,
What a Special Man. He was a Great Business man and we are so Grateful that we were able to have him as an advisor in the past years. As a neighbor for many years he had a SMILE that seemed as though it was always there. With our DEEPEST SYMPATHY to the entire family, he will be missed by so many.
Prayers to ALL
Ora and Sharon Simmons
To the Romine family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Dan was instrumental in helping us start our business and to that we are very grateful. Dan was always professional, knowledgeable, kind and willing to help. He will be truly missed.
Dave and Lora Swanson
My deepest sympathies for your family's loss. Dan was always so nice to me. Eternal rest grant unto him o Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon him. Lifting you all up in prayer for peace and comfort. Cindy Romine
This is Dave Friend, Jason's Dad. God Bless you all! Thank you all for playing MRABLE BALL HAHAHAHA! That means most of you played at Mary Raber Gym with my son Jason and I. GREAT MEMORIES! Thank you all and my God Bless always and peace always be with you!
Diane and Family
My sincere sympathy
Living as neighbors for many years
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Diana, words at this time are hardly enough, but you and your family have all my sympathy and prayers.
I so enjoyed playing basketball with Dan. He was a real competitor. My deepest condolences.
Dan was a blessing to this community and to the many clients he so faithfully and unselfishly served. He will be deeply missed as an accomplished and tremendously respected businessman and friend to so many but most importantly, such a devoted man to his family. What a wonderful example he set for us all. Blessings to you Ben and to your entire family. Greg Fahl
While we were close in age and friends, as well as cousins, in high school, I knew of Dan in later years more by reputation from comments by my aunt Janet who was one of his biggest fans. He obviously had the famous Romine work ethic and was blessed with a wonderful "home grown" wife, Diana, and the large and loving family they created together - wow!! May our Lord and Savior bless all of you as you celebrate Dan's life. Although too short, his was very well lived.
Ken & Sharon Romine and Mom (Mary Esther Romine)
Although I haven’t seen Dan or Diana, in years, I have many fond memories of our years, growing up together in Mentone! Going to school, from 1st grade until our graduation from Mentone High School! Sending love & prayers to Diana & family.
Sherry (Yazel) Pequignot
Emily and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Please know that while there are no words to heal the pain I’m sure you are feeling, there are many people here to help you through this journey. Please let me know if there is anything I can do or help with! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!
Lindsey (Snyder) Horvath
I’m so sorry to hear about Dan’s passing. He holds a special place in my heart, as do all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you
My thoughts and prayers are with the Romine Family. Dan was a great asset to our community and the many clients that he provided excellent advice and consulting services to.
I have known Dan for many years and will really miss his expertise as a businessman. He was always kind and willing to help. My wife and I both have to upmost respect for him. A great man for sure!
Loren and Aimee Fry
Wish the Family our condolences for such a great Pillar Dan was We have great joy for knowing him and Diane We are on our knees and praying for you all Barry& Kathy Truman
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.
Randy Grimes, Brett Gerber and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home
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