In Memory

Vernon Ockert (Electrician) - Class of 1977

Vernon Lewis Ockert

1924 - 2003


FLORENCE - Memorial services for Vernon L. Ockert, 79, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Frenchtown Community Church with Pastor Gail Fister officiating. Vernon and his wife Helen resided in Frenchtown from September 1957 to May 1978.

Vernon was a resident of Wellton, Ariz., but was staying with his daughter Teresa Ann Ockert-Hajek and her husband Rick in Florence. Vernon passed away on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, in Missoula at St. Patrick Hospital.

He was born on June 16, 1924, in Orofino, Idaho, the son of Anthony and Marie Ockert. He attended Orofino Public School until he entered the Navy at age 16. He served in the Navy until the end of World War II.

His electrical career began at the Camas (Wash.) Pulp and Paper Mill in March 1949, and he retired from the Frenchtown mill in May 1978. He was one of the original hourly crew members at the paper mill in 1957 and worked there for 21 years.

He was instrumental in starting the Frenchtown Fire Department. Vernon enjoyed golfing, reading Louis L'Amour and puttering. He was always working on a project.

Vernon married Helen Gladys Clifford Fryday in Stevenson, Wash., on December 20, 1948. He is survived by his wife Helen; five children, Patricia Diane Boxeth of Kings Beach, Calif., John Vernon Ockert of Huson,  "Gil" Lewis Gilbert Ockert [Chip Tester] of Missoula, Susan Gladys Ockert of Prince Frederick, Md., and Teresa Ann Hajek of Florence; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son Robert Fryday in 1970.

Memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cremation and Burial Society of the Rockies in Missoula.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.

Vern's wife, Helen, passed away in 2014 at the age of 96.