Walter Ochs, 87, died Saturday, October 19, 2019 at The Ranch House in Garden City. He was born August 8, 1932 in Finney County, Kansas the son of Edward & Ida (Popp) Ochs.
Walter has lived all of his life in Finney County and Garden City where he attended school. On July 27, 1952, he married Betty Maurene Beasley in Garden City. Walter worked for 30 years in maintenance for the Kansas Department of Transportation. He then owned and operated the KOA Campground in Garden City for 11 years. He retired in 1992. Walter was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Garden City and the Eagle’s Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching sports, and helping his wife Betty with various crafts including blue jean quilts and beads.
Survivors include three children Terri Sue and husband David Conatser of Garden City, Douglas Wayne Ochs of Salina, Kansas, and Susan Rae Miller of Garden City; a sister Barbara Petr of Blue Rapids, Kansas; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Walter is preceded in death by his wife Betty who died on April 21, 2018. He is also preceded in death by his parents; five brothers Leo Ochs, Paul Ochs, Elmer Ochs, Melvin Ochs, & Leroy Ochs; and seven sisters Alvera Litzenberger, Ruth Mai, Leona Hurd, Lenora Wartman, Ester Lewis, Edna Crase, & Wilma Guy.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019 at St. James Lutheran Church in Garden City with Rev. Teri Sutherlin officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday all at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. The family suggests memorials given to St. James Lutheran Church or to St. Catherine Hospice both in care of the funeral home.