Artherton, James A. "Jim"
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Jul 27, 1923 - Oct 20, 2012
Jim Artherton was born in South Omaha to Van H. Artherton and Lucy Parks Artherton. He attended Garfield Grade School (16th and H Sts.), and graduated from South High School, class of June 1940. He joined the US Navy in 1943; based at the Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi, TX, he flew in and maintained PBY aircraft until May of 1946. Jim was predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers, Ralph, and Van C.; and 1 sister Lucy Marie Dahl. He is survived by his wife Ramona Campbell Artherton; son, John W. Artherton and wife Phyllis of Omaha; and Ruthe Turnbaugh Tracy (who they raised as a daughter) and her husband Doug and their daughter Kyle Tracy of Longwood, FL. He is also survived by grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren in Nebraska and California; his brother Paul of Omaha; and his sisters, Joan Forker of Verdigre, NE, and Jean Strickler of Phoenix, AZ. Following Jim's Navy service, Jim and Ramona married in December of 1946. Son John was born in 1948. They both worked at Mutual of Omaha before moving to California in 1952. After working a short time in the missile/space industry, Jim joined the Pomona City Fire Department in Los Angeles County. He was one of the first in the Department to be trained in CPR as a paramedic/EMT. He became an instructor with a strong sense of service to others. Heart and lung damage from 2 major fires and many others caused his early retirement. Jim and Ramona moved to San Diego for its cleaner air and less congestion. An athlete all his life, Jim had success in many sports. At age 62 he began playing senior softball with the San Diego Silver Hawks. For 15 years, Jim and Ramona traveled the United States for the Senior Softball World Series and World Championship games, earning 4 World Series rings, 3 World Championship rings, and Best Right Fielder medal on the All World Team in 1999. His last game was at age 78. In 2004 they returned to Omaha where son, John and his family had settled during 2 tours of duty at Offutt Air Force Base. Jim and Ramona celebrated 65 years of marriage last December 30th. Jim's family thanks Dr. Alan Jensen, Methodist Hospital and Methodist Hospice personnel for their tender care as Jim's health deteriorated.
Friends are invited to an informal MEMORIAL SERVICE to be held Monday, November 5, at 2:30pm at the Tangier Shrine Center, 2823 S. 84th St., Omaha, NE. Memorials may be sent to Tangier Hospital Transportation Fund at the above address, or The Omaha Home for Boys, 4343 North 52nd St. Omaha, NE 68104-9989.
Published in Omaha World-Herald from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5, 2012