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James Iver Ohman

May 20, 1939 — November 25, 2020

James Iver Ohman, 81, passed away at his home in Basalt, Idaho, 25 November 2020 due to metastatic prostate cancer.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Iver Killian and Grace Keele Ohman, three siblings and a granddaughter

He is survived by his wife, Katheryn “Kathy” Christensen Ohman; sons, Gary (Cauleen) of Basalt, ID; Michael (Danita) of Sterling, ID; Stephen of Amery, WI; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Jim was born 20 May 1939 in Arco, Idaho. He spent his early years attending schools in Moore, Idaho Northern Idaho, Sugar City, Idaho and graduated valedictorian for Leadore, Idaho High School in 1957. He worked as a ranch hand and railroad fireman before attending Idaho State College in Pocatello, Idaho where he took classes in forestry and architecture. One of his memorable jobs was fire spotter.

In June 1964 he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as a military police officer.

In 1966 he married Kathy Christensen and they spent 54 years raising children, enjoying grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1977.

He designed their home down to the last brick and built it. He could build just about anything and had a talent for working with his hands and was very mechanically inclined. He worked for many years farming with Kathy’s dad, Tom Christensen, and later at B-Mart. He started his own locksmithing business as a side job to his regular jobs of janitor for the Shelley (ID) School District and Lavaside Canal Company. He retired in 2010.

Jim had a quick wit and was always keeping us entertained with his jokes. He had a smile for everyone and never complained. He was the first one to help mow a lawn, fix a door, or whatever else was needed. His family was his joy and he left a great legacy to all of us.


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