OBITUARY

James Robert Ojala

March 15, 1948March 10, 2013

James Robert Ojala, 64, was born on March 15, 1948 in Hibbing, Minnesota, and passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 10, 2013 in the beautiful waters of Cat Cay, Bahamas. He was a two time retiree - after completing a long career with United Parcel Service over 15 years ago, he recently retired from Lowes Home Improvement. He was full of character, never met a stranger in his life and was an avid fisherman, hunter and sport shooter. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Brenda, daughter's Jana McCranie & Stephanie Henry, his son-in-law John McCranie, Jr., brothers Raymond (Phyllis), Dale (Pam) and Bruce Ojala. Niece's Heather Ojala, Emilee Ojala, Brandy Bush, nephew Erik Ojala, grandson's Ian McCranie, Jacob, Jared and Jack Henry,great-niece's Madeline, Avonna, Amelia, great-nephew Kamren, along with a host of other loving family & friends, including his chair-side buddy Buster, his miniature schnauzer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to either Susan G. Komen for the Cure , Breast Cancer Research or The National Rifle Association (Member ID #25243421). A memorial service will be held March 16, 2:00 p.m., at the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, with Pastor David Sheffield, Christ Redeemer Church Ponte Vedra, officiating, followed by a small reception.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 16, 2013
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Collette Buschkotter

July 28, 2013

My dad fished and worked with Jim at UPS. I am sorry for your loss.

Cliff Blaney

March 25, 2013

Brenda, I don't think there is a better friend than a fishing friend. Jim and I logged many hours in the fresh and salt waters together. Lord, I ask you to find a great spot in heaven's fishing hole for this wonderful guy.

March 18, 2013

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the the Ojala family. We will always remember Jim as a hard working, loving father, and dedicated husband. We have all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

The Foresi Family

Sherri Labay

March 17, 2013

Rest in peace dear friend you will be truly missed.

March 17, 2013

BRENDA AND FAMILY, I WORKED WITH JIM SIDE BY SIDE SINCE HE CAME TO THE WESTSIDE LOWES. HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND TO ALL OF US HERE,HE WILL BE MISSED. WHAT AN OUTSTANDING MAN HE WAS,AND WILL BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. JANE MONTGOMERY HARDWARE MANAGER AT LOWES.

March 17, 2013

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. John and I were classmates of his. John also lived next door to his family. He was a fun guy and I will always remember his laughing and cutting up in school.
Janis Jonas Cole and John Cole

March 16, 2013

BRENDA AND CHICKY WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT JIM MEANT SO MUCH TO OUR FAMILY.WE
WILL ALWAYS CHERISH THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES HE GAVE TO US. WE LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOUR FAMILY. MAY GOD GRANT YOU STRENGHT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME
WE ARE THERE FOR YOU. GOD BLESS

HAROLD AND ALICE THOMAS FAMILY JAX FLA.

Paulette Hess

March 16, 2013

My sympathies to all of Jim's family and friends. Jim and I were class mates all the way through shcool, grade and high school. Not only were we class mates, we were down the street neighbors. We were part of the neighborhood friends - you know? Played baseball in the street, built forts in the woods. I even went to junior prom with Jim. He was a great guy back then and sounds like he was now also. My thoughts and prayers.

Renee (Rosenbush) Sellman

March 16, 2013

It is hard to hear of a classmate from high school passing away. I remember Jim's great smile and humor and will pray for Jim's family at this time.

Kathleen Murray

March 16, 2013

Jim was a good man and a great UPSer. RIP Jim.