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Orland Ochs Jr. 1951 - 2022
Orland Ochs obit

HOISINGTON — Orland “Slim” Ochs Jr. died Aug. 1, 2022, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born Nov. 11, 1951, in Hays, the son of Orland and Fern (Crotinger) Ochs. 

Orland served in the Army from 1973-77, where he earned the rank of SP5 with the 101st Airborne Division and was also awarded the Sharpshooter M-16 badge. During his time in the Army he was stationed in Germany and various bases all over the United States.  

Upon his honorable discharge he returned home and worked as a truck driver for Jack B. Kelly Trucking. He later worked in the maintenance department and as a security guard for CKMC and then Superior Essex. 

Orland was most often seen riding around in his favorite old truck on his many ag tours and tinkering on the farm. The farm was his happiest place to be whether it was on the mower or fixing one of his many project engines. He was a selfless man giving to many charities, not wanting much for himself, and preferring to live a simple life. He was also known to leave a treasure of loose change in his wake.  

He is survived by two sisters; Charlotte (Ron) Schneider of Great Bend and Linda (Alan) Bartonek of Salina; six nieces and nephews, Scott (Sharon) Long of Onaga, Mike (Dana) Long of Lincoln, Neb,, Shannon (Orleny) Schneider of Pueblo, Colo., Charla Schneider and Dan Bartonek, both of Great Bend, and Lynae (Greg) Curtis of Hoisington; and many great- and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret Long.

Friends may sign the book, there will be no viewing as cremation has taken place. Family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.

Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Community Christian Church, Great Bend, with Pastor Jon Hembree presiding.   private family inurnment will take place in Otis Lutheran Cemetery, Otis, Kan.

Memorials may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, P.O. Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544. Notices may viewed and condolences sent at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Nicholas-Ricke Funeral Home

P.O. Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 28, 2022