Dr. James Hohn

Obituary of Dr. James Hohn

Dr. James C. Hohn, age 76 of Yankton, SD passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 05, 2017 at his residence.  Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Friday, June 9, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, SD with Rev. Larry Regynski officiating.  Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Yankton, SD.  Visitations will begin at 5:00 PM, Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Yankton, SD with a Scripture service at 6:45 PM.  Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.  On-line condolences may be sent at: www.opsahl-kostelfuneralhome.com.

Jim was born in Yankton to Dr. Joseph and Ileen (Carlon) Hohn on February 20, 1941.  He graduated Yankton High School in 1959 and was active in high school sports earning varsity letters in three sports and was chosen Captain of the Bucks basketball team in 1959.

After high school, James attended Creighton University where he graduated with a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1966. He also served his country serving two years in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Tinker Air Force base hospital in Oklahoma.

Jim married the love of his life, Janell Becker on July 8, 1967. The couple returned to Yankton in 1968 where he joined his father, Joseph M. Hohn in his dental practice. Jim and Janell had one son, Jeff, who was born in Yankton in 1969.

Dr. Hohn was a respected member of the dental community and was elected by his peers as President of the South Dakota Dental Association in 2000. Dr. Hohn was also a part-time faculty member of The University of South Dakota School of Medicine teaching dental anatomy and dental growth.

Dr. Hohn was a fixture in the Yankton community. He was active in Sertoma Club, Knights of Columbus, Optimist Club and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. James was an avid boater on Lewis and Clark Lake.

Jim fulfilled one of his life-long dreams, traveling to Europe with his brother to see the beaches of Normandy and other WWII sights on the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Jim was an avid sports fan. He loved to cheer for his alma mater Creighton Blue Jays, the Wisconsin Badgers and of course, the Bucks, Gazelles and USD Coyotes.

His greatest joy in his later years was spending time in Wisconsin with his son Jeff, daughter-in-law Alicia, and his only grandchild, Conner.

James is survived by his son, Jeff and his wife, Alicia of Stevens Point, WI and their son, Conner; his brother, John of North Carolina, and many nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Janell; his parents, Joseph and Ileen and his sister, Mary.

The family requests in lieu of plants or flowers, donations can be made, in memory of Jim, to the Yankton High School Adult Athletic Booster Club, P 0 Box 251, Yankton, SD 57078.