James Arnold Dobben


Birth: April 7th, 1946
Death: May 18th, 2017
Age: 71 years
Residence:Hope
High School:Reed City High School - 1964
College:Parks University in St. Louis, Missouri - 1968
Degree:Hisaeronautical engineering degree
Survived By: by his wife, Valerie; his sister, Barbara (Bud) Sanborn; nieces Kathy (Bill) Witchell, Kay Kilmer; nephews Ken Kilmer, Paul (Susan) Kilmer; great nieces and nephews James (Ally) Witchell, Brooke Witchell and Rachel Kilmer; his "concierge" Toni Huber, many special friends and his favorite cat Sheldon.
 
Served In: Army
Achievements: Honorably served his country in the United States Army as an aviation mechanic and helicopter pilot.
 

James Arnold Dobben, 71, of Hope, died early Thursday morning, May 18, 2017. He was born April 7, 1946 in Reed City, son of the late Henry and Louise (Kuhlman) Dobben. He graduated from Reed City High School in 1964 and received his aeronautical engineering degree from Parks University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1968. Jim held an Inspection Authorization as an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic and he was a multi engine, commercial, instrument, helicopter, float plane and glider rated pilot. He honorably served his country in the United States Army as an aviation mechanic and helicopter pilot. Jim owned and operated Dobben Aviation, he worked for Ingersoll CM Systems in Midland, and later operated Vee Jay Aviation. He was a life member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and was a judge for many years of the experimental aircraft at the annual Oshkosh EAA Flyin. He was a member of several EAA chapters as well. In 1984 he married Valerie Smith.   Jim enjoyed flying, shooting skeet, trap and sporting clays, and he enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

 

 

Jim will be greatly missed by his wife, Valerie; his sister, Barbara (Bud) Sanborn; nieces Kathy (Bill) Witchell, Kay Kilmer; nephews Ken Kilmer, Paul (Susan) Kilmer; great nieces and nephews James (Ally) Witchell, Brooke Witchell and Rachel Kilmer; his “concierge” Toni Huber, many special friends and his favorite cat Sheldon.

 

 

Cremation has taken place and Jim’s family will hold a memorial service at a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions be made to the EAA chapter 1093 in Midland or EAA in Oshkosh, WI. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home.



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