On Sunday, April 25, 2021, Val Carrell Romans, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and cherished friend to so many, passed from this life to the next and now abides in the presence of his Lord and Savior. He was 68.
Val was born to Walton C. and Barbara J.W. Romans on December 11, 1952 in Decatur, Illinois. He was the second of three sons and two daughters and loved to share stories of how he spent his childhood either teasing or taking care of them. Val spent most of his upbringing in Nebraska and Illinois, and after a brief period of traveling the western portion of the U.S. with his oldest brother and beloved dog, he ultimately called Texas his home.
Val met the love of his life in Texas, after having been introduced to her by not one, but two people that knew they were meant to be together. They celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day of this year. They have one daughter, whom Val also loved dearly.
Val was loved by many and a friend to all that he met. His joviality shone through on even the darkest of days. He was a golf enthusiast and some of his favorite afternoons were spent on the fairways with good friends. Val was so devoted to the game, in fact, that after being struck in the face by a rogue driver on the second hole (and arguably in need of stitches), he finished his round with gusto and others were left telling the tale. He was a talented, self-taught musician—able to riff on guitar or harmonica at a moment’s notice. He was a car and technology aficionado and a lover of nature—he especially had a fondness for Colorado and took his family on vacations there in the summer often. If there was a dazzling sunset or an idyllic vignette, Val could capture it perfectly on film. He was a self-professed Cornhusker football fanatic, and the games could be heard echoing throughout the house during football season, along with Val’s anticipation.
A devoted and loyal worker, Val spent 35 years in his profession at Covestro and enjoyed volunteering through his employer for various causes dear to his heart. Because he loved to share his knowledge and to give back to his community, Val also taught for several years at Lee College. He served as a member of Memorial Baptist Church for four decades. There, he dedicated time to Promise Keepers and volunteering with his wife in the nursery.
Val is preceded in death by his parents Walton C. and Barbara J.W. Romans and his father- and mother-in-law James A. “Bitsy” and Mary Lou Davis. He is survived by his loving wife Cynthya Davis Romans; daughter Mary-Kathryn Romans Salameh and her husband Anton; oldest brother Gary Romans and his wife Patty; younger sister Barbara Warren and her husband Kenny; younger brother Jeff Romans; youngest sister Lori Romans; sister-in-law Dawn Foy and her husband AJ; sister-in-law Caroline Rogers and her husband Gilbert; and a slew of loving nieces and nephews.
Val held his faith and love for the Lord close to his heart and demonstrated it through his selfless acts of service to others and glowing kindness each day. His family looks forward to the day they reunite in Heaven.
The family will be holding a small, private service at Memorial Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021. They invite you to attend via livestream, which can be accessed at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82435293263?pwd=dlNwUHVNUWVDZ0J4M3NrQnBDOXBFUT09
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to the Memorial Baptist Church building fund.
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