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Walter Joseph Jochum, 90, of Sutherland, died Nov. 30, 2009, at the Sutherland Care Center in Sutherland.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1919, at Raeville, Neb., to John Theodore and Katherine Anne (Pelster) Jochum where he grew up. In 1926, the family moved 8 miles south of Sutherland. He attended country school until the 8th grade then graduated from Sutherland High School in 1939.

He worked for farmers for 2 years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy on May 15, 1940. He served 20 years in the Medical Department. During WWII, he served with the 2nd Marine Division and participated in the battles of Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian Islands. He participated in the Korean War for a year and a half with the 1st Marine Division. In both wars, he was attached to the U.S. Marines as a medic corpsmen.

On Jan. 20, 1945, he married Myrl Faye Coates at Baltimore, MD, and they later made their home in Sutherland. Walt and Myrl Faye celebrated 64 years of marriage together before she passed away in March. He worked for John Deere for 2 years and then as head custodian at the Sutherland Public School from 1962-1982. After his retirement from the public schools, he worked as a groundskeeper at the golf course.

He has been a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since 1926, served on the church council for 2 years and was the oldest member of the church. He was also a member of the Sutherland Legion Post #208 for over 50 years, Commander, Adjutant and Sgt. at Arms of the Sutherland Legion, the VFW and a member of the Sutherland Lions Club where he was president for 2 years. During his younger years, he played and coached softball for the Navy, then coached youth baseball for 10 years and played on a golf league for 10 years. He enjoyed gardening and yard work and was an avid Husker fan.

Survivors include his two daughters, Jeanette (Rex) Heckenlively of Imperial, and Terrie (Sam) Haworth of Sutherland; two sons, Doug (Kristy) Jochum of Sutherland and Don Jochum and friend Darryn Odbert of Overland Park, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Tim (Tracie) Heckenlively, Randy (Teri Jo) Heckenlively, Marc (Alyn) Taylor, Rick (Sarah) Heckenlively, Jeremy (Ashley) Miller, Justin Miller and Renee Fisk; eight great-grandchildren, Brenden, Zayne, Jace, Jadyn, Tanner, Wyatt, Reagan and Keaton; three step grandchildren, Tyne (Leo) Kreber, Jeremy Zona and Nicole White; five step great-grandchildren, Gavin, Haiden, Cruz, Bailey and Cash; a brother Harold ‘Hessie’ (Colleen) Jochum of Sutherland; five sisters-in-law, Dora Ann (Lynn) McConnell of Washington, Iowa, Barbara (Elwin) Murray of Parker, Ariz., Arlene Jochum of Sutherland, Marie Jochum of Eugene, Ore., and Corinne Jochum of Kansas City, Kan.; his special friends, Father Tom Dillon and Pastor Del Cunningham; and other family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrl Faye; a son, Kent Jochum; his parents; an infant sister, Bernadette; four brothers, Joseph, Lawrence ‘Bud’, Donald and John ‘Edward’ Jochum; and a sister-in-law, Mary Jochum.

Walter Joseph Jochum, 90, of Sutherland, died Nov. 30, 2009, at the Sutherland Care Center in Sutherland.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1919, at Raeville, Neb., to John Theodore and Katherine Anne (Pelster) Jochum where he grew up. In 1926, the family moved 8 miles south of Sutherland. He attended country school until the 8th grade then graduated from Sutherland High School in 1939.

He worked for farmers for 2 years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy on May 15, 1940. He served 20 years in the Medical Department. During WWII, he served with the 2nd Marine Division and participated in the battles of Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian Islands. He participated in the Korean War for a year and a half with the 1st Marine Division. In both wars, he was attached to the U.S. Marines as a medic corpsmen.

On Jan. 20, 1945, he married Myrl Faye Coates at Baltimore, MD, and they later made their home in Sutherland. Walt and Myrl Faye celebrated 64 years of marriage together before she passed away in March. He worked for John Deere for 2 years and then as head custodian at the Sutherland Public School from 1962-1982. After his retirement from the public schools, he worked as a groundskeeper at the golf course.

He has been a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since 1926, served on the church council for 2 years and was the oldest member of the church. He was also a member of the Sutherland Legion Post #208 for over 50 years, Commander, Adjutant and Sgt. at Arms of the Sutherland Legion, the VFW and a member of the Sutherland Lions Club where he was president for 2 years. During his younger years, he played and coached softball for the Navy, then coached youth baseball for 10 years and played on a golf league for 10 years. He enjoyed gardening and yard work and was an avid Husker fan.

Survivors include his two daughters, Jeanette (Rex) Heckenlively of Imperial, and Terrie (Sam) Haworth of Sutherland; two sons, Doug (Kristy) Jochum of Sutherland and Don Jochum and friend Darryn Odbert of Overland Park, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Tim (Tracie) Heckenlively, Randy (Teri Jo) Heckenlively, Marc (Alyn) Taylor, Rick (Sarah) Heckenlively, Jeremy (Ashley) Miller, Justin Miller and Renee Fisk; eight great-grandchildren, Brenden, Zayne, Jace, Jadyn, Tanner, Wyatt, Reagan and Keaton; three step grandchildren, Tyne (Leo) Kreber, Jeremy Zona and Nicole White; five step great-grandchildren, Gavin, Haiden, Cruz, Bailey and Cash; a brother Harold ‘Hessie’ (Colleen) Jochum of Sutherland; five sisters-in-law, Dora Ann (Lynn) McConnell of Washington, Iowa, Barbara (Elwin) Murray of Parker, Ariz., Arlene Jochum of Sutherland, Marie Jochum of Eugene, Ore., and Corinne Jochum of Kansas City, Kan.; his special friends, Father Tom Dillon and Pastor Del Cunningham; and other family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrl Faye; a son, Kent Jochum; his parents; an infant sister, Bernadette; four brothers, Joseph, Lawrence ‘Bud’, Donald and John ‘Edward’ Jochum; and a sister-in-law, Mary Jochum.

Walter Joseph Jochum, 90, of Sutherland, died Nov. 30, 2009, at the Sutherland Care Center in Sutherland.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1919, at Raeville, Neb., to John Theodore and Katherine Anne (Pelster) Jochum where he grew up. In 1926, the family moved 8 miles south of Sutherland. He attended country school until the 8th grade then graduated from Sutherland High School in 1939.

He worked for farmers for 2 years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy on May 15, 1940. He served 20 years in the Medical Department. During WWII, he served with the 2nd Marine Division and participated in the battles of Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian Islands. He participated in the Korean War for a year and a half with the 1st Marine Division. In both wars, he was attached to the U.S. Marines as a medic corpsmen.

On Jan. 20, 1945, he married Myrl Faye Coates at Baltimore, MD, and they later made their home in Sutherland. Walt and Myrl Faye celebrated 64 years of marriage together before she passed away in March. He worked for John Deere for 2 years and then as head custodian at the Sutherland Public School from 1962-1982. After his retirement from the public schools, he worked as a groundskeeper at the golf course.

He has been a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since 1926, served on the church council for 2 years and was the oldest member of the church. He was also a member of the Sutherland Legion Post #208 for over 50 years, Commander, Adjutant and Sgt. at Arms of the Sutherland Legion, the VFW and a member of the Sutherland Lions Club where he was president for 2 years. During his younger years, he played and coached softball for the Navy, then coached youth baseball for 10 years and played on a golf league for 10 years. He enjoyed gardening and yard work and was an avid Husker fan.

Survivors include his two daughters, Jeanette (Rex) Heckenlively of Imperial, and Terrie (Sam) Haworth of Sutherland; two sons, Doug (Kristy) Jochum of Sutherland and Don Jochum and friend Darryn Odbert of Overland Park, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Tim (Tracie) Heckenlively, Randy (Teri Jo) Heckenlively, Marc (Alyn) Taylor, Rick (Sarah) Heckenlively, Jeremy (Ashley) Miller, Justin Miller and Renee Fisk; eight great-grandchildren, Brenden, Zayne, Jace, Jadyn, Tanner, Wyatt, Reagan and Keaton; three step grandchildren, Tyne (Leo) Kreber, Jeremy Zona and Nicole White; five step great-grandchildren, Gavin, Haiden, Cruz, Bailey and Cash; a brother Harold ‘Hessie’ (Colleen) Jochum of Sutherland; five sisters-in-law, Dora Ann (Lynn) McConnell of Washington, Iowa, Barbara (Elwin) Murray of Parker, Ariz., Arlene Jochum of Sutherland, Marie Jochum of Eugene, Ore., and Corinne Jochum of Kansas City, Kan.; his special friends, Father Tom Dillon and Pastor Del Cunningham; and other family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrl Faye; a son, Kent Jochum; his parents; an infant sister, Bernadette; four brothers, Joseph, Lawrence ‘Bud’, Donald and John ‘Edward’ Jochum; and a sister-in-law, Mary Jochum.

Walter Joseph Jochum, 90, of Sutherland, died Nov. 30, 2009, at the Sutherland Care Center in Sutherland.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1919, at Raeville, Neb., to John Theodore and Katherine Anne (Pelster) Jochum where he grew up. In 1926, the family moved 8 miles south of Sutherland. He attended country school until the 8th grade then graduated from Sutherland High School in 1939.

He worked for farmers for 2 years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy on May 15, 1940. He served 20 years in the Medical Department. During WWII, he served with the 2nd Marine Division and participated in the battles of Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian Islands. He participated in the Korean War for a year and a half with the 1st Marine Division. In both wars, he was attached to the U.S. Marines as a medic corpsmen.

On Jan. 20, 1945, he married Myrl Faye Coates at Baltimore, MD, and they later made their home in Sutherland. Walt and Myrl Faye celebrated 64 years of marriage together before she passed away in March. He worked for John Deere for 2 years and then as head custodian at the Sutherland Public School from 1962-1982. After his retirement from the public schools, he worked as a groundskeeper at the golf course.

He has been a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since 1926, served on the church council for 2 years and was the oldest member of the church. He was also a member of the Sutherland Legion Post #208 for over 50 years, Commander, Adjutant and Sgt. at Arms of the Sutherland Legion, the VFW and a member of the Sutherland Lions Club where he was president for 2 years. During his younger years, he played and coached softball for the Navy, then coached youth baseball for 10 years and played on a golf league for 10 years. He enjoyed gardening and yard work and was an avid Husker fan.

Survivors include his two daughters, Jeanette (Rex) Heckenlively of Imperial, and Terrie (Sam) Haworth of Sutherland; two sons, Doug (Kristy) Jochum of Sutherland and Don Jochum and friend Darryn Odbert of Overland Park, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Tim (Tracie) Heckenlively, Randy (Teri Jo) Heckenlively, Marc (Alyn) Taylor, Rick (Sarah) Heckenlively, Jeremy (Ashley) Miller, Justin Miller and Renee Fisk; eight great-grandchildren, Brenden, Zayne, Jace, Jadyn, Tanner, Wyatt, Reagan and Keaton; three step grandchildren, Tyne (Leo) Kreber, Jeremy Zona and Nicole White; five step great-grandchildren, Gavin, Haiden, Cruz, Bailey and Cash; a brother Harold ‘Hessie’ (Colleen) Jochum of Sutherland; five sisters-in-law, Dora Ann (Lynn) McConnell of Washington, Iowa, Barbara (Elwin) Murray of Parker, Ariz., Arlene Jochum of Sutherland, Marie Jochum of Eugene, Ore., and Corinne Jochum of Kansas City, Kan.; his special friends, Father Tom Dillon and Pastor Del Cunningham; and other family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrl Faye; a son, Kent Jochum; his parents; an infant sister, Bernadette; four brothers, Joseph, Lawrence ‘Bud’, Donald and John ‘Edward’ Jochum; and a sister-in-law, Mary Jochum.


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