[Tall-Corn] Jim Omvig Obituary
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James Omvig Obituary
James (Jim) Harlan Omvig of Altoona, Iowa, was
born on February 12, 1935 in Roland, Iowa, to
Herma and Jens Omvig and was raised in Slater,
Iowa. Jim graduated from the Iowa Braille and
Sight Saving School in Vinton, Iowa and later
attended the training center at the Iowa
Commission for the Blind, Drake University and
completed his higher education at Loyola
University of Chicago School of Law, from which he holds a Juris Doctor degree.
Jim worked in the legal profession for a number
of years (being the first blind attorney hired by
the National Labor Relations Board in Washington,
D.C.) then moved to his passion â working with
and for the blind community. He worked first as
the Director of the Training and Orientation
Center at the Iowa Commission for the
Blind. Later he held positions at Social
Security Headquarters in Baltimore and as
Director of the Alaska Training Center for the
Blind. He also authored three books related to
blindness training and rehabilitation and was
appointed to a committee position by President Bush.
Jim devoted his life and talents to fighting on
behalf of the blind for civil rights, training
and equality. As a leader in the National
Federation of the Blind, he was instrumental in
improving the lives of blind people throughout
the country by effecting legal and policy changes
and more importantly by inspiring and training
blind children and adults to be independent,
contributing equals in our society.
Jim was always a pleasure to be with. His
cheerful, positive attitude and personality was
evident in his work and personal life and anyone
who knew him can attest to it! In his work he
taught it is âOK to be blind.â In his
personal life he inspired and warmed his family
and friends with his love and kindness. His
adored and loving wife Sharon was by his side for
48 years of adventures, and they accomplished so
much together. He was a very talented musician
played piano, trombone and loved to sing. He
funded his law school costs in part by playing
and singing in local supper clubs. He also wrote
several songs devotions of love to his wife, primarily.
He loved to train dogs and had a passion for old
cars he was particularly fond of his 1968 Ford
XL convertible. His love of music was constant
and very traditional. The Big Band era was his
favorite, and Frank Sinatra was always a staple.
There was rarely a phone call he didnât take or
a message he didnât return. His family,
friends and colleagues were the recipients of his
kindness and generosity throughout his life.
Jim passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. He
was preceded in death by his parents, and
brothers Clayton and Peter. He is survived by
his wife Sharon, son James II and his wife Jamie,
sister Janet Gawith, granddaughter Brittany
Nichols (Dan) and great grandsons Seth and Alexander Nichols.
Memorial contributions can be made to the
National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells
Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.
Visitation will be held at 10 am with a
Celebration of Life at 11 am on June 24 at
Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek
Parkway, West Des Moines, IA, with a luncheon following.
The Celebration of Life will be live-streamed at
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