Willy Ochs went to be with the Lord December 14th in Roseburg, Oregon after a year and a half long fight with cancer.
Willy was born in Dallas, Oregon on July 4, 1947 to Margaret and Henry Ochs. He was a graduate of Dallas High School and an Army Vietnam-Era Veteran. He lived in Portland, Oregon for several years where he rode Harleys then BMW bikes. He co-owned a BMW motorcycle shop in Portland before moving to Juneau, AK, Willy married Rose Barton February 14, 1979 and their son Adam was born in December. In Juneau he worked as a building contractor and as an employee of Juneau City and Borough. With his family, he was a caretaker at Echo Ranch Bible Camp for 3 years. Willy was a Lieutenant in the Juneau Volunteer Fire Department, a swift water rescue instructor and white water river guide. After relocating to Roseburg, Oregon in 1997 Willy worked various jobs including a auto/marine paint supplier and at his auto body shop. He also spent his later years traveling to the East Coast to help take care of his granddaughters while his son was deployed in the military. He and Rose enjoyed traveling and visiting many states and Baja, CA.
Willy is survived by his wife Rose, his son Adam, his daughter-in-law Cleo of NM, his step children, Bridgett Eller and Burke Barton of Juneau, his grandchildren and step-grandchildren, his sister Sharon Hiebenthal and her family of Dallas, OR and his best buddy, Doug Page.
In lieu of flowers the Ochs family requests donations be made to charities involved in cancer research. A celebration of Willy's life is planned for this summer in Juneau.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Jan. 6, 2013