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James Lewis Hohman

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James Lewis Hohman

AGE: 87 • Newark

James Lewis Hohman, 87, of Newark passed away peacefully on Wednesday September 30, 2015 at the Country House, Greenville, DE. He was born in 1928 in Philadelphia, Pa to Lewis G. and Cyril M. Hohman (Lynaugh).

Jim grew up in Sharon Hill, PA with his sisters Margaret Steger (predeceased 2013) and Barbara Hugg, Tarpon Springs, Fla. He graduated from Sharon Hill High School where he excelled at football. Jim was a varsity guard that helped lead the team to 3 consecutive state championships in 1945, 1946, and 1947.

Jim attended trade school and worked as a machinist until being drafted to serve in the Korean War in 1951 where he served in a mobile machine shop supporting infantry units. He was honorably discharged in 1953 and shortly thereafter moved with his family to Newark, DE. He began working for the DuPont Company as a machinist and retired after 33 years of service as a Maintenance Supervisor. After moving to Delaware, he met his sweetheart, Dorothy MacDonald. Jim married Dorothy in 1955 in Hockessin, DE, and they were happily married for 59 years. He was a devoted husband and father to their two sons.

Jim is survived by his spouse, Dorothy of Newark, DE; his sons James Jr. (Terry) of Newark, DE, David of Columbia, MD, grand-daughter Marissa Hohman of Newark as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

Dottie and Jim designed and built their own home in Newark that they lived in throughout their lives. They enjoyed camping, vacationing in Hilton Head with their sons and time spent on travels together.

Jim's hobbies included carpentry, bowling, and especially golfing. He won numerous golf tournaments including the Delaware Senior Amateur Championship in 1986, 1987 and 1988; DuPont Club Championship in 1976, 1985 and 1986, and DuPont Senior Championship in 1984, 1985 and 1989; Philadelphia Senior Championship in 1984 and played in the National Senior Amateur Championship in 1984 and 1989. He was an avid player well into his 80's routinely shooting below his age.

During retirement, Jim also enjoyed his time as a volunteer at the Hagley Museum educating visitors on 19th century machining tools and techniques.

Family and friends are invited for visitation at CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin on Monday October 5, 2015 from 9:30 to 11:30 am, where a celebratory service and reception will follow starting at 11:30 am. Burial will be held privately at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery later in the week.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Hagley Museum & Library, P.O. Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807.

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Published in The News Journal from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4, 2015
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