James Joseph Harwood, An Uncommon Common Man
January 31, 1960 – February 26, 2023
James Joseph Harwood passed peacefully at home with his wife of 29 years and family by his side after a long, valiant fight with a rare form of blood cancer. He was born and raised in Omaha, NE, a middle child of 7. He was united in marriage to Linda Lahart on August 14, 1993. He was a highly intelligent, compassionate man with a true love of the outdoors, spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He was a quiet man but with an ornery, game-playing side to him. His hobbies included the outdoors with hiking, and he loved to cook, along with truly living his spiritual journey.
James graduated from Central High School, Indian Hills Community College, BS at College of St. Mary’s, and MBA at Creighton University. His most recent professional endeavor included being instrumental in creating a software program for coding, documentation, and billing for hospitals. James was also a director of health information management at Immanuel for many years.
Thank you to all my family and friends for your everlasting love and support as James and I traveled this difficult road. He will be truly missed. Also, thank you to all the medical professionals at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Washington Medical Center, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and Siteman Cancer Center St. Louis.
James is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Colleen Harwood. He is survived by his loving wife Linda (Lahart); her daughters Nicole Sales and Cynthia Knight (Bill); siblings: Joseph (Char), Patrick (Valerie), Mary, Thomas (Patricia), Anna, and Liz (Gregg) Colwell. Grandchildren include Olivia Robinson, Anthony Knight, Gavin and Grace Knight, Kenyan Sales, Ava Sales; and many nieces and nephews.
VISITATION on Wednesday, March 1, 5pm, with 7pm VIGIL SERVICE, at West Center Chapel.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, 10:30am, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Red Cross or Open Door Mission.
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