Jody Hams

jody hams
Jody Lee Hams died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Hillsboro under the care of Hospice at the age of 60 on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Jody, the eldest of four sons, was born on March 29, 1959, to parents Leslie and Eunice “Mick” Hams in Bridgeport, NE.  The family lived in various communities in Nebraska and North Dakota before planting roots in Hillsboro.  Jody’s parents instilled in him and his brothers a strong work ethic, the importance of family and friends, and a love for the outdoors. After graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1977, Jody studied Diesel Mechanics at a technical school in East Grand Forks, MN.  He met the love of his life, Becky, at a friend’s wedding in 1982, and they were happily married for 37 years.  They resided in Hillsboro, which is where they raised their two daughters. Jody had many hobbies that he enjoyed throughout his life, including snowmobiling, Tae Kwon Do, and watching Vikings games.  He was also a past member of the Hillsboro Fire Department and was an active member of the Sons of the American Legion.  However, Jody’s greatest joy in life was being with his family and spending time with his grandsons.  He was an amazing husband, father, son, brother, and friend to those who loved him. Jody worked predominantly as a mechanic throughout his life, but his last job was in farming and it was by far his favorite.  He enjoyed every day that he worked with Kozojed and Miller farms, and the people he worked with became like a second family.  Jody was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in the fall of 2018.  He bravely battled ALS with grace, determination, and a positive outlook. Jody is survived by his wife Becky; daughters Michelle (Vivek) Singh and Elizabeth Hams (Neil Dotzenrod); brothers Jay, Jeff (Linda), and Jon; grandson Arjun Singh; and his extended family Jai, Vinika, Aryan, and Ryan Sorrot.  He was preceded in death by his parents. The family requests in lieu of flowers that any memorials be given to the ALS Association (MN/ND/SD Chapter) and/or Hospice of the Red River Valley in memory of Jody. A Prayer Service will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro on Thursday, January 9th at 7p.m. with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. before the service.  The funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.  A lunch will follow the service.  Interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger-Wildeman Funeral Home. To visit our guestbook please go to

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  1. Becky & Family, You have our deepest sympathies. Sending hugs & prayers to comfort you in this difficult time. Rose & Dale Christianson

  2. To the Hams Family: I got to know the Hams Family via Rood Family. Since the 1st meeting and subsequent times together there was the constant laughs, a beer or 2 and always the gentle ribbing amongst friends. It seemed like once you knew 1 you knew them all. I have fond times of adventure from the lake to getting together over a game of trivial pursuit at the Rood kitchen table; it was always an honor to break bread or be involved in the fibbing that went along with the fishing adventures. Very sorry for your loss and also very happy I was able to meet and be included in all the adventures, jon adams

  3. My sympathies to you and your family. Jody was a wonderful friend to have while growing up in Hillsboro. We spent a lot of time together playing sports and activities of all kinds. I will cherish the memory of his warm and caring friendship.

  4. Jody will be missed. He always made me laugh when I came to visit. When I watch Blue Bloods and CSI you will be in my thoughts. Becky and your Family are in my prayers.

  5. Becky, Buffy and Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if you need anything. Love you all

  6. Becky thinking of you and the rest of the family in this time. Jody was a great guy he will be missed dearly. Prayers and hugs.

  7. Becky and family, so very sorry for your loss! Jody was such a beautiful person! I have very fond memories of our adventures at the lake!! He will never be forgotten! May the days ahead bring you much deserved peace and comfort! What fabulous memories you will always have! God Bless you all!

  8. Jay, Jeff, Jon and the rest of the Ham family. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks. Becky if you need to talk I’m a good listener. Sending you all love and hugs.
    Stephanie (Hanson) Burrell

  9. Our deepest sympathies Becky, to you and your family….Jody was such a nice person and I was so happy I got to meet him in AZ while you two were able to spend some time there. Bless his memory. Hugs and prayers to you all.

  10. So sorry for your loss. I remember our little chats. I prayed every day that he could just hold its own. My prayers are with you Becky and hope you have lots of memories. Take care. Jane

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