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I. James Oatman

owner of Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Broadview, Illinois, died September 6, 2012, at age 65. Oatman graduated in 1968 from Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science and was licensed as a funeral director in 1970. From 1970-77, he worked as an associate at Weismantel Funeral Home, purchasing the business in 1977 and merging it with Smith Funeral Home. He was president and manager of the business until 2011. Oatman was a member of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association, New York State Funeral Directors Association and NFDA. He served as president of the Springville Lions Club from 1975-76, was awarded Lion of the Year and received the club’s Melvin Jones Award, the highest award that can be bestowed on a club member. Oatman was also a member of the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce, earning its Citizen of the Year award in 2011. He also received several awards as a member of the Springville Volunteer Fire Department and served on the board of the Springville League for the Handicapped. Along with his business partners, he purchased the vacant Robinson Knife Factory building and converted it into a space for several viable businesses. He is survived by wife Michelle, mother Kathryn and sons James and Michael.