Frederick LeRoy Sohm
Fred was born July 21, 1942 in Omaha, Nebraska to Vernon LeRoy Sohm and Louise May (Mills) Sohm. When Fred was five, the family moved to Alhambra, CA where his brother, Stephen, was born. Fred attended Emery Park School and Alhambra High School. Fred attended Woodbury Business College, Los Angeles, CA. While at Woodbury, Fred read a job opening listed on a bulletin board for an electronics company. Fred was hired for the position in the warehouse. During his 38 years with Kierulff Electronics/Arrow Electronics he climbed the ranks to corporate director of marketing followed by 5 years at Bell Micro Products (Corp. Mktng. Mgr.). Throughout his 43 year career, Fred truly enjoyed every aspect of his job: co-workers, customers, traveling, hitting his sales goals! During those years he made many enduring, forever friendships.
Fred married his high school sweetheart, Judy (Wootton) over 60 years ago and she has loved him every day since. His proudest accomplishment was his family. He was committee chairman for Dave’s cub scout troop 3 years, coached little league teams 6 years, coached Sheri’s soccer team when no one else volunteered even though he had no soccer experience, and always helped with props and driving the girls to the ice skating rink for years. Not only did Fred love his children immensely, his relatives were of great importance to him also. His roots in Nebraska were deep where he looked forward to attending the annual Sohm family reunions and the Nebraska Husker football games.
Traveling (especially to Disneyland) and attending all the grandchildren’s events became Fred’s passion after retirement. Fred liked to be on the go, was always kind, happy with a generous heart, a man who smiled often and made friends everywhere he went from his childhood neighbors, to classmates, to co-workers, to neighbors, to church family. The family attended Santa Clara First Baptist Church for 51 years where Fred especially loved working with the 5-6 year-olds. Later they often visited Green Valley Christian Center.
Survivors are wife, Judy; children: David (Cristin), Deborah (David), Sheryl; godson: Rick Snider; grandchildren: Sarah (Vinnie), Ashlyn (Brock), David, Nicholas (Liann), Amber (Eric), Daniel, Alexa, Jeremy (Johnie), Mellissa (Irik), & Broc; great-grandchildren: Enzo, Abigail, Aidan, Zachary, Zenith, Zada, Jaelyn & Jaxton.
We’d like to extend our deep appreciation and gratitude to St. Luke’s Hospice, Boise for their excellent, exceptional care.