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Albert Charles Ockert, 83, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family
Al was born on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1933 to the late Charles James Michael and Wahnetta (Robbins) Ockert in Traverse City. He married Irene June Humphrey on Saturday, Dec. 25, 1954 in Traverse City.
Al served our country as a member of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
Having been employed as a roller operator by several asphalt companies that merged over the years and eventually became Elmer's, Al retired and became active in the community as a volunteer. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, a life member of the VFW, a member and past president of the Korean War Veterans, The American Legion and for many years was a member and the trumpeter for the Military Honor Guard. He was honored several years ago as the Veteran of the Year.
He enjoyed music, playing the guitar and piano, was a lover of animals and enjoyed feeding the birds as well as camping. Al was a totally devoted to his family and especially doted on and loved his great-grandchildren.
Surviving Al are his wife, Irene; his children, Daryl Ockert, of New Mexico, Kevin Ockert, Teresa Lopez and Angie Ockert, all of Traverse City; his grandchildren, David Lopez, Shannon Lopez, Ashley Bankey, Amanda Lopez, Alexander (fiancee, Chole Freundl) Lopez and Andrew Lopez; and many great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his former son-in-law, David Lopez, of Traverse City.
Al was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Margaret Nelson and Rose Wilson.
Visitation for Al will take place from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, June 19, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, also at the funeral home, with Father Christopher Jarvis officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Barnum Cemetery in Mayfield.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be directed to the Military Honor Guard, c/o VFW Post 2780, 3400 Veterans Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share your memories of Al with his family by visiting www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on June 18, 2017
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