James F. Ochs, 81 of Brazil, died at 9:42 a.m. Saturday, Feb.5, 2005, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital in Brazi.
He was born Jan. 21, 1924, in Psoteum, Ill. He was the son of Theodore Ochs and Mary Ablinger Ochs.
He graduated from Paris High School in Paris, Illinois in 1944.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Army with the 355th Infantry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star. Following the war he attended college at Eureka College and the University of Illinois.
He married Doris Young in Rockville on Sept. 24, 1966.
He was employed until his retirement as an electrical instrument supervisor at area manufacturing firms including Hercules Corporation.
He enjoyed sports and had been a high school basketball referee and baseball umpire for many years. He was an enthusiastic Chicago Cubs fan for many years.
He was a member of the First Christian Church where he served as a Deacon, a member of BPO Elks, American Legion Post 2, and Kiwanis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, James Gregory Ochs in 1997; one brother, Gilbert Ochs; three sisters, Thelma Hudock, Freida Waller and Bernice Ochs and an infant sister, Amelia Ochs.
He is survived by his wife Doris; three daughters, Debbie Wolfe (Doug) of Durango, Colo., Heidi Miller (Chris) of Noblesville, Ind. and Tatum Ochs of Brazil; three sons, Patrick Ochs of Paris, Ill., Derek Ratcliff (Lisa) of Brazil and Garrett Ratcliff (Gina) of Brazil and one brother, Ted Ochs of Brazil.
He is also survived by 17 grandchildren; Ali, Karina and Luci Wolfe, Kaleb and Eli Ratcliff, Emily, Brian and Bradley Ochs, Carrie Castagno, Michelle Ochs, Rachel & Hannah Miller, Elle and Carson Kleiber, Bryce and Caytlyn Crawford and Malia Myrtle and two great grandchildren, Ethan and Caleb Castagno.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church of Brazil. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church with Pastors Greg Comp and Lyle Monnett officiating. Moore Funeral Home was entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, 1875 W. U.S. Hwy. 40, Brazil, IN 47834.
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