Edward James Ochsner (7/24/41 – 7/2/17)
THE FACTS: Edward James Ochsner, born 7/24/41 in Denver. Died 7/2/17, peacefully, sitting on his deck in Sopris Village.
He was an army medic in Viet Nam and rode a Harley in the 70s. He moved to the Roaring Fork Valley the summer of 1976 and formed Western Slope Mechanical with Al Cliff. In 1985 he opened Eagle Air Systems – HVAC Contractor, El Jebel. He “retired” in 2006 but continued to work part-time.
THE HEART: In 1979 he and Carol Kennedy were married in Aspen/Denver. He was a BRFPD volunteer fireman until 1994 when he had to give it up due to injuries incurred from a work accident. In the last many years he worked with the elderly — Meals on Wheels, medical transport and Ray. Carol and Ed were foster parents for 12 years and still have ties to those children. They are active members in the recovery community. Eddie’s long time involvement and support will be greatly missed by his many friends in the valley and across the country.
He is the father of Laura (Steve) Linderholm, Longmont; Wendy (Rick) Yeaton, Wilsonville, OR; and Thomas, Denver; and loving grandfather of Lilly, Cody and Amber, and great-grandchildren Hailey and Makayla.
He was the middle of 5 brothers: John (Nadine), Robert (Shirley), Charles (Kathy) and Jerry, all of Denver. Youngest sister, Linda (Bill) Campbell lives on the Frying Pan. He was cherished brother-in-law to Jim (Gayle), Carl (Cheryl), and Elaine (Bill); a favorite uncle of his many nieces and nephews; and son-in-law to Mary Kennedy. He is preceded in death by parents Isabelle and John Ochsner and beloved sister Nancy (Al) Cliff and sister-in-law Tommie Ann (George) Durkin.
His home grown dill pickles and salsa — annually canned with his sister — were shared and sought after by many. He spent many hours caring for his beautiful garden, plants and yard. He loved camping and he loved this valley. For at least 50 years, he seldom missed the Swiss Picnic in Denver — always held on the last Sunday of July.
Please join Carol, his family and friends for a celebration of Ed’s life on Saturday, 4pm Saturday, July 29, at Dallenbach Ranch, 2561 Frying Pan Road, Basalt — followed by Basalt’s First Annual Swiss Picnic!
Memorial contributions can be made to: A Way Out, Box 10825, Aspen, CO 81612.
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