DONALD EDWARD OHMAN Sr.

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DONALD EDWARD OHMAN SR. Donald Ohman 70 y/o, Local Celebrity left us to live with his Lord and Savior on October 22, 2016. Don was born in Anaconda, Montana, on August 24, 1946. He was the 5th child born to Ray and Myrtle Ohman. As a child, Don's creativity and curiosity landed him in many trips out behind the outhouse; Don was always the jokester and instigator in the family. Don moved to Kennewick, Washington in 1962, Where he worked for Piersons Dairy, while putting himself through Kennewick High School. While attending KHS, he co-founded the KHS Rodeo Club, where he was an avid Bronc and Bull Rider. Don met the love of is life and best friend, Pamela Kay Green, in 1964 while attending an auction; they married on June 19, 1965; together they had 5 children their lives totally revolved around: Don Ohman Jr (Tami), Deborah Davis (Mark), Denice Strawn (Kerry), Dustin Ohman (Juden), and Xavier Ohman, and they are continually being blessed, with 15 Grandchildren and 22 Great Grandchildren thus far. Don started his Rail Road career with the Northern Pacific as a Clerk and Rail Road "Bull". In 1971 he transferred to Amtrak, as a Ticket Clerk and Agent in Pasco, Washington, where he worked 28 years before retiring. Don always had more than one iron in the fire; aside from his job at Amtrak, he, with Pam by his side, owned and operated Ohman's Royal Roofing. Some of the many projects Don conquered were the tearing down of the Old Stock Yards in Pasco, demolishing a part of the old Train Depot, and salvaging a Union Pacific Shop. Don was a talented auctioneer, musician, and the artist, In the 1970's Don was a founding member of the Firesides Band, where he sang and played guitar in many night clubs in the Tri Cities. There was never a time or place that Don didn't have his guitar; he played for passengers when the train was running late, at all family gatherings, coffee shops, parks, "where ever two or more were gathered" there was always singing and laughter; Don was always an entertainer at heart. Don has composed and produced all of his own music, some of which are now housed in the Smithsonian Museum. Along with music, Don had a passion and talent for art of any kind, painting, photography, poetry, carpentry, and a great art of telling stories, and drawing pictures to go along with the stories he told. Don painted a grand mural on the walls of the old Pasco train depot; the inside of the old Amtrak station was full of Don's art; all of Don's art was filled with the love he had for his craft. He was also the proud creator of his precious "Maybell", a log cabin truck that he proudly displayed in many parades and events in the Great Northwest. Maybell now resides in the Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation, in Deer Lodge, Montana. Don had a great love and commitment to his community, his love showed through the songs he wrote, such as "I love this town of Pasco". In 1971, together with his wife Pam, they participated in the effort to save the N Reactor. They constructed a 4'x6' "Letter to the President", signed by many members of our community. Together they boarded a train to Washington DC, along with the giant letter, and headed out to see the President of the United States of America. After retiring, Don's love and commitment to his community, lead him, once again, with guitar in hand, to serve and entertain those in our community. He visited those in the Senior Homes, Nursing Homes, Adult Day Services, etc., singing and playing, and bring smiles to faces and joy into hearts. He loved going to sing songs of praise, play his guitar and fellowship with those at the Day Spring Ministries. Don had accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and now lives with those who left before him, His parents Ray and Myrtle Ohman, Brothers, Vernon and David Ohman, and Sister, Karen Ohman. Come Have Doughnuts with Don Join our family to Celebrate Don's life, Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 3:00pm First Baptist Church of Burbank, WA (723 W Humorist Rd) In lieu of flowers, please send donation to Day Spring Ministries
Published in Tri-City Herald on Oct. 26, 2016