James L. Lohman

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James L. Lohman

11 E Maple Dr, Franklin, IN died on No vember 11, 2012, after a long battle against

pancreatic cancer.

Known as Jim or Jimmy by his family and friends, he was born January 7, 1930 in Indianapolis, IN, the son of Winifred and Clarence Lohman. He graduated from Howe High School and attended Indiana University. Jim was in the Navy during the Korean War and served aboard the USS Philippine Sea aircraft carrier. He was discharged in December 1951. He married Holly Boyer in April 1952. They and their three children moved to near Arlington IN in 1971. Jim and Holly lived there until their move to the Franklin address in March 2012.

Jim was an exceptionally talented harmonica player. Among his harmonica peers he was considered one of the best swing and jazz harmonica players in the United States. He has many fans in Europe and South America.

In 1953 Jim formed a harmonica trio with Bob Herndon playing chord harmonica and John Featheringill playing bass harmonica. Calling themselves the HarmoniKings, they appeared on many national TV programs, such as the Lawrence Welk and the Arther Godfrey shows, as well as on local programs in central Indiana. They played show dates and supper clubs throughout the area until 1973.

When the trio broke up in 1973, Jim joined the Carter Lanning Combo of Rushville, and played show dates with that group. Until 2010, Jim played with the Combo at the Saturday night dances at the Raleigh IN Community Center.

During this time, Jim was also a full-time employee of the Indianapolis IN Post Office. He retired in 1985 after 36 years service.

Jim is survived by his wife Holly; two daughters Ter Petrotti, Ventura CA and Danna Gossett, Franklin IN and one son Tony Lohman, Rushville IN; five grandsons Adam Sadler, Fairland IN, Jordan Sadler, Fairland IN, Mitch Lohman, Indianapolis IN, Matt Fuss, Bloomington IN, and Marine Sgt Ryan Fuss, Kailua Hawaii; two granddaughters Rachel Beckner, Terre Haute, IN, and PJ Gossett, Indianapolis, IN; two great grandsons Boston Sadler, Fairland IN and Jett Sadler, Fairland IN; and two great granddaughters Harper Sadler, Fairland IN, and Nora Sadler, Fairland IN. He is also survived by two sisters Sally Schnitzius, Danville IN and Barbara Rosselot, San Antonio TX; and two brothers Joe Lohman, Franklin IN and Tom Lohman, Indianapolis, IN. Another brother, Charles, died in 2004.

Jim did not want a funeral or memorial service. He said he preferred that his family and friends remember him as he was the last time they saw him. His family has honored his request. Anyone who wishes to commemorate Jim's life can do so by making a contribution in his name to the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH), attention Paul Davies, P.O. Box 865, Troy MI 48099-0865.

Jim was an extraordinarily gifted musician, a loving and protective husband, father, and grandfather, a very funny person, hard working, and sometimes cantankerous. A unique person, he will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 14, 2012
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