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Thomas R. Ochs
Thomas R. Ochs, 54, of Bushkill Twp., husband, father, brother, uncle, boss, counselor and friend to many, passed away early morning on Saturday April 3, 2010. T.O., as he was commonly called, died of complications from pancreatic cancer. He met God with his immediate family and some close friends by his side at St. Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem. Tom was born on June 6, 1955 in Summit, NJ, son of the late Francis and Kathleen (Culbertson) Ochs. Tom was a man who wore many hats. He was a very loved husband of 26 and a half years to his wife Jan (Jennings) and a hero to his children Meghan and Jon. Tom had countless friends and relatives who will miss him dearly. Tom was an entrepreneur and was involved with many different fields of business. His main occupation was as vice president of Jennings Transportation Corp. where he worked at the family business with his wife, daughter and some longtime family friends. He began his work there in 1985, purchasing the business along with his wife in 1993. Prior to his career at Jennings, he worked at Ingersoll-Rand, N.J. until 1985. Tom was a member of Nazareth Moravian Church where he served as an usher on the Diener Corps. He also taught Sunday School. He was a former Bushkill Twp. supervisor for six years. Tom played in many golf leagues with his various groups of golf buddies. He was a member of Woodstone Golf and Country Club, Danielsville. Tom had a smile that could light up a room. He was the kind of outgoing, caring and funny person that everyone naturally gravitated to. Tom was a 1973 graduate of Parkland High School and a 1977 graduate of Penn State University with a business degree. Survivors: Besides his wife Jan, he is survived by a daughter, Meghan wife of Daryl DiRocca, Forks Twp.; son, Jonathan Ochs, at home; sisters, Kathleen Dawson and husband Stephen, Allentown, Sally Ann Ragosta, Orefield, Mary Cole, Forks Twp; brothers, Francis Ochs and wife Mary, Hernando, FL, John Ochs and wife Anne, Bethlehem, Arthur Ochs and wife Ann, Chester, NJ, Robert Ochs and wife Sheba, Portland, OR, William Ochs and wife Kathy in Germansville; he had 20 nieces and nephews; aunt, Sister Elizabeth Ochs, Flourtown, PA. Services: Services are Saturday, 11 a.m. in Nazareth Moravian Church, Main St., Nazareth. Call Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m. in Church and on Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. in Reichel Funeral Home, Nazareth. Burial in Ackermanville United Methodist Cemetery, Bangor. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nazareth Moravian Church, 4 S. Main St. Nazareth, PA 18064.
Published in Morning Call on Apr. 5, 2010
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