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Ramiz Cohlmia

July 13, 1929 — April 28, 2021

Ramiz Cohlmia

Dr. Ramiz "Ray" Cohlmia, everybody's "Uncle Ray," fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. He was born July 13, 1929 to Adeeb and Najeeba Cohlmia in Gate, Oklahoma. He attended Watonga High School where he played basketball and achieved his Eagle Scout Award in 1946.He served as a Corporal in the United States Army from June, 1951 to May, 1953, when he received an honorable discharge. While serving in the Korean War, he was in charge of the NCO Club, a bar for noncommissioned officers to hang out and the subject of many great stories. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University. During his undergraduate college career, he played semi-pro basketball for Cessna and had the "privilege" to play against the Harlem Globetrotters.He graduated Baylor Dental School in Dallas in May, 1959, and he began his dental practice in Oklahoma City in June, 1959. He practiced dentistry until 2016 at the young age of 87. During his practice he was honored to practice alongside his brother Dr. Woodrow Cohlmia for many years and later alongside his own sons, Drs. Raymond and Matthew Cohlmia.He married the love of his life, Sameera Shadid, on June 5, 1955. Together they raised a beautiful family and celebrated 62 wonderful years together. During his dental practice, he served as the President of the Oklahoma County Dental Society, the President of the Oklahoma Dental Association, and delegate to the American Dental Association. He served on numerous dental association councils. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of The Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, and many other organizations. He was a lifelong member of St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church where he held many leadership roles including the Chair of the Board of Directors. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed playing a round of golf with golfers of any age. His favorite pastime was spending time with family and friends at "The Farm," a property he and his brother Gorden bought in 1964. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his wife Sameera Cohlmia, and his daughter Lana K. Cohlmia. He was also proceeded in death by his in-laws: Hafeeth and Alexandra Shadid; his brothers and sisters: Florence and husband Harry Kouri; Margaret and husband Sam Homsey; Fred and wife Liz Cohlmia; Gorden and wife Minerva Cohlmia; Josephine and husband Ted Shadid; Velma and husband Phil Swyden; George Cohlmia; and Dr. Woodrow Cohlmia. And brothers- and sisters-in-law: Dr. Floyd Simon; A. Phil Shadid; Amy and husband Ed Massad; Yevonne and husband Harry Homsey.He is survived by his children: Dana and husband Daniel Karim, Dr. Raymond Cohlmia and wife Sherry, Dr. Matt Cohlmia and wife Susan, Barbara Lentz, and Doug Friesen. And he is survived by his grandchildren Nicole (Karim) and husband Dr. Matthew Matlock, Danielle (Karim) and husband Jonathan Cox, Jacob Karim, Olivia Karim, Aubrey Sameera Cohlmia, Dr. Derek Cohlmia, Dr. Brandon Cohlmia, Joshua Cohlmia, Matthew Cohlmia, and Blake Cohlmia; and great-grandsons, Soren Michael Ramiz Matlock and Laszlo Levi Matlock. He is also survived by his sister Elsie Simon and by brother- and sisters-in-law: Phyllis Cohlmia, Kathryn Shadid, and Sam and wife Nadia Shadid. Also surviving are a multitude of nieces and nephews, "Farm Buddies," fellow dentists, his former dental practice staff, and many, many friends.The family wishes to thank Regina Coleman, Shannon Mair, and Dr. Christopher Shadid for their care. Visitation will be Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Smith Kernke at 14624 North May Avenue from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church at 15000 North May Avenue on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. The service will also be live streamed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Elijah Flowers That Do Not Wither Fund.
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Monday, May 3, 2021

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15000 North May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73134

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