STAYTON – Thomas Richard Bochsler, 77, unexpectedly died June 3. The vigil and rosary will be Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m. and the funeral Mass will be Friday, June 9, at 11 a.m., both at Immaculate Conception Church in Stayton.
Mr. Bochsler was born in Silverton, lived in Eugene from 1960 to 1974 and then settled in Stayton. He attended St. Mary Grade School in Mount Angel, graduated from Mount Angel Preparatory School in 1958, then graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls with a degree in heavy equipment repair and diesel mechanics.
He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Pirkl, Nov. 10, 1962, in Mount Angel.
Mr. Bochsler worked as shop foreman for 15 years for Pape Brothers, then for 38 years at North Santiam Paving. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors, farming, gardening, restoring equipment and cars, and creating metal art. Mr. Bochsler is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Bochsler; children, Cheryl (Russell) Frost and Laurie (Steve) Slye both of Bend, Christy (Dave) Clark of Junction City and Michael (Carrie)Bochsler of Aumsville; sisters, Sister Maryann Bochsler SP of Seattle and Adelene Hammelman of Mount Angel; brothers: Al “June” Bochsler of Mount Angel and Ralph Bochsler of Stayton; grandchildren, Jared Frost, Megan Aylor, Kelsey Healy, Dylan, Taylor and Hannah Slye, Sydney and Elli Clark and Conor Bochsler; great-grandchildren, Owen Healy and baby Aylor on the way. He was preceded in death by brothers, Joe and John.
Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Stayton. Contributions may be made to Mount Angel Abbey, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or The Stayton Food Bank, where he volunteered. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.