John SomaJohn Henry Soma (known as “Big John”), 61, Jamestown, ND, died Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. John was born July 25, 1950 at Trinity Hospital, Jamestown, the son of Edward and Ruth (Van Winkle) Soma.
John Henry Soma (known as “Big John”), 61, Jamestown, ND, died Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
John was born July 25, 1950 at Trinity Hospital, Jamestown, the son of Edward and Ruth (Van Winkle) Soma. He grew up in Glenfield and attended Glenfield-Sutton school. He entered the US Army on March 5, 1970 and was honorably discharged on January 5, 1972. On June 24, 1972 John married Victoria Bear in Pingree, ND. He worked at Haybusters, Roller Home, Melroe, Marvel Steel and for BNSF Railroad from 1976 to 2007.
John is survived by his wife, Vicki; mother, Ruth Soma; and two children, John “Little John” (Karen) Soma, all of Jamestown and Helinda (Mike) Lee, Mankato, MN. When Vicki’s sister passed away they took her children into their home with open arms and they are Rosanna Dewald, Jamestown, ND, Harvest (David) Bear and Mark Dewald, of the Twin Cities area. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Samantha, Jordan and Peyton Soma and McKenzie Lee; special niece, Kristin (Zachery) Bear French, Dickinson, ND; sister-in-law, Gwen Bear, Mandan, ND; four sisters, Cheryl Schaffer, LaMoure, ND, Brenda (Carl) Schneider, Wahpeton, ND, Sharla Priewe, Jamestown and Virginia Sarbaum, Wisconsin Rapids, WI; two brothers, Jerry (Angie) Soma and Keith Soma, both of Litchville, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Soma.
Funeral Service: 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the First Church of the Nazarene, Jamestown, with Chaplain Kathleen Heller officiating.
Visitation: 1:00 to 7:00 PM, Friday, January 20, 2012 at the Eddy Funeral Home, Jamestown, ND.
Prayer Service: 7:00 PM, Friday, January 20, 2012 at the Eddy Funeral Chapel.
Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Jamestown, ND
On line guestbook: www.eddyfuneralhome.com
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