Visitation will be held at Iles Grandview Park Chapel in east Des Moines on Monday, January 12, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will begin at 1:00 p.m. and luncheon will follow at the Elks Lodge #98 in Pleasant Hill.
John was born on October 25, 1954. He attended Hoover High School and graduated in the class of 1973. He went on to become a Home Designer in the architectural business. His proudest accomplishment was his involvement with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. John joined the Brotherhood of Elks 38 years ago. He held multiple offices and enjoyed being State President in 2007. He spent countless hours dedicating his time and energy to community charities, events and Veteran Affairs through his involvement.
John is survived by his wife Patti Ochanpaugh; mother Barbara Ochanpaugh; stepmother Dorothy Ochanpaugh; siblings Mike Ochanpaugh, Mark (Carla) Ochanpaugh, Bonnie (Brad) Juergens and Jay Ochanpaugh (Christie Lueders); his children Josie (Josh) Sinclair, Toni (Shaun) Short, Travis Ochanpaugh, Courtney (Derek) Morris, Aaron Johnston and Samantha Thompson; and his grandchildren Anne, Harrison and Maxon. He also leaves behind multiple nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his father, Charles (Dennis).
John lived life to the fullest every day. His hobbies include golfing, grilling and hanging out in the driveway, socializing, volunteering, joking around and telling stories, road trips, spending time with family and friends, drinking Budweiser, watching movies, old westerns and drama TV shows. He loved everyone and didn’t know a stranger. He will be loved and missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to John’s family or to Elks Lodge #98 of Pleasant Hill in his name. The family asks that those who chose to give a memorial to the Elks Lodge to please designate the gift to either the Elks Lodge or to their Veteran Affairs fund.
ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES ~ GRANDVIEW PARK CHAPEL.