Mitchell Alan Hams passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Reverend Ale Tulu Officiating. Burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Public visitation will be held on Tuesday, 5 – 7 PM at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.
Mitchell Alan Hams was born November 15, 1950, at Greenbush, MN son of Russel and Eunice (Lundquist) Hams. He was raised in Karlstad, MN attended school through 6th grade, the family moved to Red Lake Falls where he graduated from Lafayette High School in 1968. He worked at JC Penny’s for a short time.
On July 23, 1970, he entered the US Army and served his country until his honorable discharge on May 1, 1974.
On June 6, 1971, he was united in marriage to Jan Denise Joppru at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN. To this union, 2 children were born Jonathan and Melissa. Following his discharge, the couple made their home in Thief River Falls. He attended the AVTI in Thief River Falls and received a degree in carpentry. Mitch began working for the City of Thief River Falls where he worked for the Wastewater Department until his retirement in December 2011. Jan passed away on April 29, 2002.
On May 23, 2003, he was united in marriage to Judy (Rosholt) Hendry at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, ND. The couple made their home in Thief River Falls, MN.
Mitch and Judy enjoyed spending time at the lake and fishing, reading a book a day, gardening, and woodworking, but most of all he loved and cherished the time with family. He will always be remembered for giving a big hug. He spent most mornings with his coffee buddies.
Mitch is survived by his loving wife Judy of Thief River Falls, MN; children Jonathan (Lisa) Hams of Thief River Falls, MN, Melissa (Jayson) Sletten of Red Lake Falls, MN, Melissa Hendry of Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren Talasia, Jaxon, Quantae, Jana, Knute, Mara, and Ella; siblings Loren (Judy) Hams, of Hoffman, MN, Barbara (Darrell) Martell, of Red Lake Falls, MN, Leon (Deb) Hams, of Grand Forks, ND, Steve (Maureen) Hams, of Red Lake Falls, MN, Tim (Teresa) Hams, of Red Lake Falls, MN, Terry (Hope) Hams, of Montgomery, AL, Scott Hams of Red Lake Falls, MN, Liza (Wade) Cardinal, of Red Lake Falls, MN, Rose (Larry) Eckstein, of Red Lake Falls, MN along with many nieces and nephews; mother-in-law Maryls Rosholt; in-law’s Cindy (Bill) Maisey of Atlanta, GA, Donny Joppru, Dean (Pam) Joppru, Cookie Overbye, Rocky (Ann) Joppru all of Thief River Falls, MN.
He is preceded in death by his wife Jan, parents Russel and Eunice, father-in-law Melvin Rosholt, father-and mother-in-law Melvin and Toots Joppru, brothers-in-law Terry Joppru and Arlen Overbye, sister-in-law Kyle Joppru, nephews Kory Joppru, Christopher Martell, and niece Lacey Joppru.