Douglas James Bochsler
September 5, 1964 - May 24, 2014
In the late hours of May 24, we said goodbye to Doug Bochsler. He was surrounded by his loving family when he was taken, much too quickly, by complications from cancer.
Doug was born on September 5, 1964 in Silverton Hospital to John and Betty Bochsler who both preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Robin Bochsler; his children Chris (Holly), Bob (Minnow Ditch), Samantha (Karl Bischoff), and Rosie (Kevin Kacalek); his grandchildren Savannah, Lucas, Broderick, and Victoria; his brothers Jim (Dianne) of Bellingham, Dave (Nancy) of Mt. Angel, and sisters Gina (John) Manley of Brooks, Shari (Tommy) Riedman of Mt. Angel and many nieces, nephews and longtime friends.
Doug worked as a successful and respected mechanical engineer. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Physics from Linfield College and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University in 1987. He worked doing engineering consulting for R & W Engineering from 1986 - 2004 with a brief time working for the Oregon Department of Transportation in 1989-1991, then worked for 6 years at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife , and in the past 4 years has worked designing fisheries and fish ladders for Tetra Tech.
Doug enjoyed and was challenged by his work but he always reserved energy to help his community. He was a life-long resident of Mt. Angel. He served as a volunteer fireman
for 13 years and remained active in supporting the local fire department after he retired from active duty. He was a member of the Mt. Angel School Board for 13 years and was serving as the Chair at the time of his death. He also was active on numerous committees including the City of Mt. Angel Budget Committee and the City of Mt. Angel Planning Commission of which he was also a chairman. He spent many hours helping coach our area youth in football and softball.
In his free time, Doug was drawn to nature and the outdoors. He was an avid and skilled hunter and fisherman but also enjoyed just observing and studying the wildlife and plants surrounding us in this beautiful area. Doug understood that we need to utilize our natural resources but also knew that there were some areas that deserved protection. In 1994, he worked to preserve a grove of trees lining the creek above one his favorite places - Abiqua Falls. He was reminded frequently of this accomplishment when he fished or explored this area over the last 20 years.
All of these interests and accomplishments gave Doug a full life, but for those of us privileged to know him well, we understood that his greatest passion was for his family and friends. We will miss his encouraging words at nearly every sporting event involving our large family; we will miss his ready smile and the twinkle in his eye as he "discussed" an issue he was thinking of; and we will miss his guidance and wisdom. Our family and community will not be the same without Doug but we know that his good works, and all of the wonderful memories he gave us, will stay with us always.
Funeral services will be Thursday, May 29 at 10 AM at St. Mary's Church in Mt. Angel, with rosary at 7PM, TODAY, Wednesday, also at the church. Reception to follow at the Festhall. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to JFK Booster Club, Mt. Angel Volunteer Fire Fighter Association, or the
. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel.