James Harmon Oard, beloved husband and father, passed away in the comfort of his home in Hermosa Beach on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at the age of 77. Originally born in Cottage Grove, OR, he enlisted in the Navy in 1947. He served in the Korean War and received 5 medals during his service. In 1952 he married the love of his life and served the Navy several more years before being honorably discharged in 1957. A 53 year resident of the South Bay, James went to work for Mobil Oil and then for the City of Manhattan Beach while raising a family with his wife. He retired from the city in 1987 but he still had to keep busy so he made sure children crossed the street safely, being a crossing guard for a few years more. He enjoyed working with wood and created masterpieces. It became a partnership for him and his wife to cut, paint and fill their yard, along with neighbors' yards, with works of art. With the spare time he had he always thought of others and became the neighborhood handyman, repairing and refinishing whatever needed to be done for his dear friends. Of all the jobs he had during his life, being a husband and father is what prided him the most. He was the best around; no one else could raise a family like he did. He made a huge impact on every life he touched and will be greatly missed but never forgotten. He is survived by his wife Lorena of 55 years, and his sons and daughters, Ken, Gail, Dennis, Debbie, Stephen, Norman, and Stephanie along with their families including 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters Tom Marsh, Donna Beigh, George Oard, and Mary Jo Spaulding. A viewing will be held Thursday Dec. 13 from 5-9pm at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. The service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Friday Dec. 14 at 9am. Burial will follow at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside at 12:30pm. Everyone is invited to gather at the Oards' home in Hermosa Beach at 5pm on Friday to help celebrate Jim's life.

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  1. Your in our hearts with our deepest sympathy & love. May God Bless James’ family & friends. Special regards to Stephanie, Dylan,Shelby & Shane.Love Jay, Leona, Alexis & Preston McFarland.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Lorena, and your family. We have the Santa that you and Jimmy made in our yard this holiday season, and it reminds us of Jimmy’s warmth and kind spirit. With our love, Linda, Steve, Matthew, James and Hannah

  3. Dear Lorena, We will miss seeing you and James on your neighborhood walks and chatting with the two of you. We enjoyed exchanging news about our two families. We pray for your strength during this sad time for you and your family. “Blessed be the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father or mercies and God of comfort, who comforts us in all of our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 COR 1:3-4 Andy & Sofia Anderson (your neighbors on Rhodes Street)

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