Walter Ochs, 87, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at The Ranch House in Garden City. He was born Aug. 8, 1932, in Finney County, the son of Edward and 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.
Walter is survived by three children, Terri Sue Conatser and husband David of Garden City, Douglas Wayne Ochs of Salina and Susan Rae Miller of Garden City; a sister, Barbara Petr of Blue Rapids; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, who died on April 21, 2018; his parents; five brothers, Leo Ochs, Paul Ochs, Elmer Ochs, Melvin Ochs and Leroy Ochs; and seven sisters, Alvera Litzenberger, Ruth Mai, Leona Hurd, Lenora Wartman, Ester Lewis, Edna Crase and Wilma Guy.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at St. James Lutheran Church in Garden City. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 8 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. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.