John Jochen

Dec. 31, 1932 — Dec. 26, 2018

Celebration of Life Memorial

On Wednesday, December 26th, 2018, Buzz (John Clark) Jochen, beloved husband, father, brother & friend passed away in Richland. He was born in Woodbury, New Jersey on December 31, 1932 to Fred and Joye Jochen. He moved with his family to Richland in 1944 and attended school there through high school. He played the trumpet, made many friends, and loved and played football for the Bombers until he went off to WSC. He joined the US Coast Guard in 1952, nearly died on a remote island in Alaska, and honorably completed his service in Dec. 1955. He married Beverlee Smith in 1954 and had 4 children, Timothy, Gregory, Rodney and a fourth son who died before birth. 

He worked at Hanford as a technician and millwright for DUN and Exxon Nuclear. He married Mary Henderson Carlile in 1983, and moved to Bellingham where he worked for Arco, then to Issaquah where he worked for Boeing; retiring in 1995. During the 70’s-80’s, he established “Jochen’s Repair Service,” where he made many friends and worked on many cars.

He was an avid learner who became a self taught and skilled carpenter, electrician, plumber etc. and remodeled several homes.  He loved to spend quality time with his children, step children and grandchildren, teaching them many skills.  He loved to go on outings and spending time with his 3 sisters. The Jochen siblings were a fun group to laugh and hang with.  He was quick to laugh, even as we gave him a bad time. Finally, he was known for his eagerness to help others, which was one of his best joys, along with his practice of whistling while he worked.

He was preceded in death by parents Fred and Joye Jochen, sister Betty Jochen McAllister, and son Timothy Jochen. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jochen; sisters Marlene Jochen Davies (Bill), and Anne Jochen Dowdy (Dave); sons Greg Jochen (Ruth) and Rod Jochen (Irene); step children, Dana Schrock (Dale), Debbie Pheasant, Dave Carlile (Tammy) and numerous grandchildren and relatives. We miss you!

Memorial donations can go to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.



Guestbook for

John Jochen


  • Thank You Buzz, for sharing family, projects, and fun times during our high school and family raising years. Our friendships started as Richland Bombers in Class of 1951. Buzz and Bev were high school sweethearts and both were voted King/Queen of events at least once as Bombers! The Jochens and Meyers enjoyed our family visits, their 3 boys and our two doing their kids thing. The Moms, were very close early day friends, and enjoyed sharing their old times, and shopping, cooking, and health interests. The Dads were in Buzz’s shop keeping cars running or helping each with concrete pours or household fixes. We have missed keeping in touch over last 30 years, each in 2nd marriages (Mary and Marti), traveling and living other places.

    Don & Marti Meyers
    Jan. 16, 2019
    Kennewick, WA
  • I came to know Buzz and Mary'through my friendship with Dave. They have made me feel like a member of the family pretty much from the start and for that I am eternally grateful. Buzz was an exceptional human being. I'm going to miss seeing him.

    Gregory Park
    Jan. 12, 2019
    Ventura, California
  • Buzz was the Sweetest man you could ever meet. Ben and I always enjoyed being with him, he was such a kind hearted man, he will truley be missed. Sorry for all the Family and Friends losses. God give you Peace and Srength. Love, Ben and Gladys Schwehr and Family

    Ben and Gladys Schwehr
    Jan. 12, 2019
    Kennewick
  • Buzz was a loyal friend. Carol and I are going to miss that smiling face. Mary and family we are so sorry for your loss of Buzz. RIP Buzz.

    Richard and Carol Westover
    Jan. 11, 2019
    Eloy AZ
  • Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Just got to meet him once but what a sweet man.

    Sylvia and Peter Allert
    Jan. 11, 2019
    Dallas, Texas
  • We were so very sorry to hear of Mr. Jochen's passing. Although we didn't know him personally we know his amazing son Rodney Jochen. They say the apple does not fall far from the tree and Rod is such a giving and wonderful person. I can only imagine that he gets that from his dad since he looks so much like him. Our prayers and heart are with the Jochen family, may the Lord send his Angels to hold you up and may his light of peace reign in your hearts and console all of you. May your loved one rest in peace.

    Dan and Bengie Aguilar
    Jan. 10, 2019
    Sunnyside, WA
  • Rod and Irene, sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers to the Jochen family.

    Noel O. Hinojosa
    Jan. 8, 2019
    Grandview
  • We love you and miss you. My life and family's was enriched having you with us. Rest in Peace Dad

    Dana Schrock
    Jan. 8, 2019
    Chelan, WA
  • My friendship with Buzz began in the 6th Grade at Lewis & Clark in Richland, and continued until his passing. We didn't live too far apart, and had our special group of friends in the south-end gang, including Jim Lawrence, Bob Flake, Joyce Liebel, Paula Doctor, Jerry Marzyck, Norma McCormick, and myself. Such fun growing up in a town where our friends were each from different States in the Country. Mary and family, please know Buzz was without a doubt a special guy, and will be greatly missed. Doreen

    Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter
    Jan. 7, 2019
    Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Uncle Buzz we will all miss you so much. But your in a better place RIP Love you! Penny

    Penny DAbato
    Jan. 5, 2019
    Surprise AZ
  • Buzz, You were loved by many and will be missed so much! RIP

    Carolyn Burbach
    Jan. 5, 2019
    San Jose, CaBuzz, you were loved by many

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