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Richard J. Ochs

October 27, 1940 ~ August 5, 2018 (age 77)

Richard “Dick” Ochs, AKA Daddio, left this world on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at the age of 77.

Dick is survived by his overly-patient and accepting wife Sandy (Ficken), who was a cheerleader in high school and he was the quarterback.  They were married in 1961.

He is also survived by his daughter; Kenda Fischer and husband Rodger, inherited grandkids; Nicole Bollig and husband Tom, and Brianna Myers and husband Nate, great grandchild; Addy Bollig, plus three granddogs.

Dick was born in Bison, Kansas at the Storks Nest, to John and Frances Ochs.  He later moved to LaCrosse, Kansas where he graduated from high school.   Along with his high school friends that school and staff were never the same again.

Dick worked for SWB (formerly AT&T), and after 40 years of begrudging service he retired.  He worked as a lineman where he accumulated many sweaty, smelly shirts that Sandy had to wash.  He also worked as an installer, repairman, and on pay phones.

He enjoyed many things such as:  fishing, hunting, shooting guns, camping, watching the Military Channel, Bonanza, History Channel, war movies, KU sports, KC Royals, John Cash, and above all his family.

He couldn’t give a damn about most material things and cars were never to be bought new.  He believed the only good carp (fish) was a dead carp. 

Dick died knowing that Tombstone was the best movie ever and young Clint Eastwood was the best badass man ever. 

Dick believed that Thousand Island dressing and Keebler Club Crackers went hand-in-hand.  Snicker candy bars and Hershey Bars with almonds were a food group in itself.  He loved Sandy’s fried chicken and homemade mashed potatoes and gravy.   Watermelon was of course the best on a hot, windy, Kansas day.  A cold bologna sandwich with mustard was the bomb.  He also grossed out his daughter Kenda when he ate a Spam sandwich or Vienna Sausages.  Last, but not least, a good cold red beer was never ever wrong.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother Kenneth Ochs.

Many thanks to:  Kathy Morton and Sara Baltazor at home health, Nate Myers for being a private caregiver for a year, Centennial Towers, and Hospice of Hays.  Much love to Locust Grove Village for all the exceptional care and love they give.  Daddio loved you all.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Hays VFW Hall, 2106 Vine Street, for family and close friends.  A private family burial will be at Mt. Allen Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be left for the family, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays.  In memory of Dick, you may also visit your favorite watering hole, where you are instructed to tie a few on and tell fishing tales of the great Dick Ochs, AKA my daddio.  Rest in paradise catching only the biggest fish, Daddio.  Condolences and memories of Dick may be left at

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