James Keller Ortman

James Keller “Jim” Ortman

June 7, 1939 – April 30, 2020

Retired from Mutual of Omaha. Preceded in death by mother, Margaret Ferry Bourke; father, Lawrence Ferdinand Ortman; and brothers: Charles, Lawrence “Larry” Ortman, and John Rush Ortman. Survived by his wife, Maria V.; children: Christopher L. Ortman (Susan), Elizabeth Ann Boyer (Scott), and David Micheal Ortman (Julie); grandchildren: Zachary James Boyer, Noelle Rene Ortman, Jared Scott Boyer, Anastasia Marie Ortman, and Lindsay Ingram; great-grandchild, Addyson Macias; sister, Madeleine Louise Begley; and brother, Richard Frederick Ortman.

Family Visitation and Funeral Mass.

Interment, Calvary. Memorials to the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.



  • Jan & Dan Stangl Posted May 3, 2020 8:16 am

    Oh, Maria! I am so sorry to see this! You & Jim had such a loving relationship! We always enjoyed Jim’s great sense of humor! I’m sure your children & grandchildren are a source of great comfort to you at this time. I wish I could just give you a big hug right now! Please know that we are thinking of you & your family. Hopefully, we will be able to talk or see each other soon. Love you! Jan & Dan

  • Heather Hansman Posted May 3, 2020 8:51 am

    I had the pleasure working with Jim over the last couple years in physical therapy and what a joy that was! I knew he would do anything I would ask even when he was tired. He was a wonderful man and will be missed dearly. Thoughts and prayers with the family at this time.

  • Tom and Judy Quest Posted May 3, 2020 1:42 pm

    Jim was one of the best guys we knew at Mutual. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Carol Fitzgerald Posted May 3, 2020 2:52 pm

    So sorry for the families loss. Jim, in my lifetime, was my best boss ever at Mutual of Omaha. The sweetest guy ever with a cute sense of humor. Everybody liked Jim!

  • Alyssa Wattonville Posted May 3, 2020 9:20 pm

    Maria, Jim was such a lovely person and together you created such a wonderful family. I wish I could be there in person to celebrate his life. I love you and I am praying for you all.

  • Darrell Stuedemann Posted May 4, 2020 9:34 am

    I met Jim when I joined Mutual of Omaha in 1969. We worked in the same department. As a rookie, I looked up to Jim and aspired to be like him. Jim was professional, but at the same time was warm, friendly, and fun to be around. He will be missed.

  • Moe Bolan Posted May 5, 2020 2:20 pm

    Maria, I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. 40 years ago Jim hired me on at Mutual and was my Manger for a number of years. Jim helped me through some tough times, both personally and professionally. Not because he had to, because that’s just who he was. I still work at Mutual and don’t hesitate for an instant when asked who I was most influenced by over the years. I tell them it was Jim. Hands down best boss ever and I owe him for what I have today. Jim had faith in people & provided me opportunities, mentoring and advice that, without question, changed my life forever. Never a kinder more genuine man have I met and I feel lucky to have known him.

  • Cynthia Reeke Waltz Posted May 6, 2020 8:03 am

    Maria, Madeleine and Dick, Please know that I extend my sympathy to you and your families on the death of Jim. If the present circumstances were different, I would be with you.

  • Wayne Fitzhugh Posted May 12, 2020 10:50 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. When I moved to Life Underwriting at M of O he was my first manager in the Department. He was a good listener, very understanding, and great to work for.

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