In Memory

Gil Ockert (Chip Analyst) - Class of 2010


Lewis Gilbert "Gil" Ockert

Gil, 68 of Missoula, passed away October 23, 2020 in Spokane, Washington.  Lewis Gilbert “Gil” Ockert was born September 14, 1952 to Helen & Vern Ockert in Vancouver, Washington where his father, Vern, was working at the Pulp Mill in nearby Camas.  The family moved to Montana when Gil was still a little one, as his father took a job at the Frenchtown mill. Gil graduated in the Frenchtown High School Class of 1971.  In 1973 Gil and Diana Agnew married, and their son, David, was born a couple years later.  They divorced in 1977.  

Gil worked for Champion International, Stone Container and Smurfit-Stone Container at the Frenchtown mill over 34 years.  Gil's father, Vern, retired from the Frenchtown Mill.

His passions were touring the western states & trips to Sturgis on his Harley with friends, as well as fishing and spending time with his family.

Gil is survived by his son David Ockert, West Haven, Connecticut. He is also survived by his siblings Patricia Boxeth (Gary), Kings Beach, California; John Ockert (Nikkey), Huson, Montana; Susan Ockert, Helena, Montana; Teresa Hajek (Rick), Florence, Montana, and numerous nieces & nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Fryday and parents.

A celebration of Gil’s life is tentatively planned for June 19, 2021 at Frenchtown Community Church.

Donations in memory of Gil can be made to "Bikers against Bullies".

Rest in Peace dear Friend.

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11/05/20 08:34 PM #1    

Barry Naylor (A-Mechanic -Days -Millwright/Planner) (2010)

Gil was in Ovando this summer on his Harley run.  He looked and sounded good to me. Shocked and saddened that he is gone. His lunch box was stickered with a Boycott China sticker.  Rest In Peace Gil.

11/06/20 12:58 AM #2    

Jeannette Feltus (Wastefuel Field) (2010)

Gil was a kind person and always a joy to talk with. I'm saddened to learn this. My prayers go out to his friends and family. 

11/06/20 07:33 AM #3    

Bill Vetaly (Maintenance Superintendent Mechanical) (2010)

It was with great sadness that I heard of Gil's passing this morning.
Although we were not close friends, we both had a love of motorcycles and would share our stories.
My thoughts are with his family and friends.
I will say a prayer for Gil tonight.

11/06/20 08:32 AM #4    

Lester Silverthorne (A-Mechanic -Days) (2010)

Sorry to hear about Gil passing. Always easy to be around and cheerful. He will be missed. Rest in Peace.

11/06/20 09:00 AM #5    

Kim Liles (Back Tender No. 3 Paper Machine) (2010)

Went to Sturgis this year with my good friend Gil, he appeared in good health and we had a great time. I have had the privilege of riding with him many times on some awesome adventures. He was an amazing friend, neighbor and all around good person. Going to miss you my dear friend. Condolences to all his family and friends.

Kim & Sue Liles


11/07/20 09:30 AM #6    

Jim Mountjoy (Wood Procurement -Area Manager West) (2010)

As one of the "junior woodchucks" who purchased chips and pulpwood, I got to know Gil from visits to the chip dock. Gil was always helpful and friendly. Ran into him a few times after mill closed and he always said hi (better memory than me). He'll be missed.

11/08/20 04:17 PM #7    

Chris Johnson (Log Handler) (2010)

Worked in the chip dock with Gilly He was a nice guy! Rest in Peace Gilly. Sad to hear of Your Passing

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