The author was born in McPherson, Kansas, May 29, 1936. His brother, Bob, was born in McPherson two years later. At the start of WW II his family moved to Wichita, Kansas, where Verle, his father, was a supervisor at Boeing. When the war ended the family moved to Buhler, Kansas, where Verle coached and taught. Shortly after moving to Buhler his youngest brother, Harold, was born. After three years there they moved to Scott City, Kansas, where Verle coached for three years, then became an insurance agent.. Fern, his mother, began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse a short distance from Scott City. She then taught chemistry and physics at the Shallow Water high school. Verle and Fern remained in Scott City until their deaths.
After completing high school in Scott City Dick enrolled in the University of Kansas and received a bachelor’s degree in 1958, with majors in English and chemistry. He played in the KU band for three years. While there he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa, chosen a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon, the chemistry honor society and received Honors in English. During his senior year at KU he also married his high school sweetheart, Carol Socolofsky.
In the fall of 1958 Dick entered medical school, also at the University of Kansas, graduating in June 1962. Dick and Carol, along with their two boys, Dale and Dean, moved to Wichita where Dr. Ohmart interned at Wesley Medical Center. In June 1963 the family moved to Oakley, Kansas, and joined practice with James Marchbanks. M.D. Susan, their third child, was born shortly after they arrived in Oakley. Dr. Ohmart practiced in Oakley until his retirement in 2001.
He is a member of the Kansas Medical Society, the Kansas Academy of Family Practice and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. He has been president of the Northwest Kansas Medical Society. He was a preceptor and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Practice at the University of Kansas Medical School until his retirement. He was a Clinical Preceptor for The Wichita State University Physician Assistant program until his retirement.
In Oakley Dr. Ohmart has been scoutmaster, a member of the school board, Medical Director of the Logan County EMS service and District Coroner. He has been a board member of the Kansas Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance company and a board member of the High Plains Mental Health Center. In 1992 the hospital administrator and Dr. Ohmart founded the New Frontiers Health Services and was medical director until his retirement. From 1996 until his retirement Dr. Ohmart was Director of Medical Education, Northwest Region, University of Kansas Medical School.
Dr. Ohmart was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honorary society. He was chosen Rural Practitioner of the Year in 1999 by the National Rural Health Association. In 2000 the Kansas Academy of Practice selected Dr. Ohmart as Family Physician of the year.
Dr. Ohmart fell on the ice in January 2001, sustaining a subdural hematoma. Following a flight to Denver surgery to remove the hematoma was successful. The next morning Dr. Ohmart suffered a stroke. After spending six months in a hospital Carol took him home to an apartment in Denver for rehabilitation. Two years after his stroke Dr. Ohmart and Carol published a book about their experiences as When I Died, An Amazing Adventure. Along with Carol, he continues his recovery spending the warmer months in Oakley and the winter months in Texas.