Went to be with the Lord December 14, 2012 in Roseburg, Oregon after a year and a half long fight with cancer. He 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. Willy lived in Portland, Oregon for several years where he rode Harleys then BMW bikes. He co-owned a BMW motorcycle shop in Portland , Oregon before moving to Juneau, Alaska. He married Rose Barton February 14, 1979 and their son Adam was born in December. In Juneau Willy worked as a building contractor and was an employee of Juneau City and Borough. With his family, he was a caretaker at Echo Ranch Bible Camp. 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, Willy worked various jobs including at Industrial Finishes 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 Adam was deployed in the military. Willy enjoyed visiting many states and Baja, California. Willy is survived by his wife Rose, his son Adam, his daughter-in-law Cleo, his step children, grandchildren and step-grandchildren, his sister Sharon Hiebenthal and family of Dallas, Oregon and his best buddy, Doug Page. In lieu of flowers the Ochs family requests donations be made to charities involved in cancer research. There will be a celebration of Willy’s life at Round Table Pizza on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
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