LAWRENCE — Lorenz E. Ochs, 92, died with his wife of 69 years by his side on April 6, 2017. He was born into a large German family with many aunts, uncles, and cousins on Dec. 20, 1924, in Hoisington, the son of Jacob and Lena Krug Oaks. He graduated Hoisington High School.
In June of 1943, he was drafted in the Army and served with the 792nd Anti Aircraft Battalion, which served with the 9th Air Force in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He was discharged on Jan. 1, 1946. He attended Bailey Technical School in St. Louis for a year, studying the electrical trade. He moved back to Great Bend and went to work for Centel Electric & Utilities in 1949. He retired in 1985 after 35 years of service as Line Foreman.
Mr. Ochs married Norma Ackerman on Dec. 7, 1947, in Eureka. She survives, of the home. Other survivors include his children, Mitchell (Jeanette) Ochs, Stepvan (Judy) Ochs, and Jeanie Ochs; grandchildren, Andrew Ochs, Cliffie (Derrick) Ives, and Rebecca (Shawn) Probst; great-grandchildren, Darrin, Brady, Riley and Presley Ives; brothers Steve (Judy) Ochs and Philip Ochs; and many extended family.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 12, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Great Lakes Caring (formerly Grace Hospice) in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to rumsey-yost.com.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home**
P.O. Box 1260
Lawrence, KS 66044
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 13, 2017