Paul Fochtman, 68 - September 09, 2009
Paul V. Fochtman, 68, of Cozad died Aug. 31, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Mass of the Christian burial was held Friday, Sept. 4, at Christ the King Catholic Church of Cozad with the Rev. Don O’Brien as celebrant. Burial, with military honors, took place at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell.
Fochtman was born March 13, 1941, at Cozad to Lloyd and Caroline Fochtman. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1960.
He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge in October of 1963, he resided at Kearney where he worked as a mechanic.
In 1967, he moved to Cozad where he worked as a tool-and-die maker at a number of different businesses.
In February of 1973, he married Marsha Frew at Cozad. In the early 1980s, he founded Fochtman Machining. Following a divorce, he then moved to Columbus in 1987 where he worked as a tool-maker until his retirement in 1997.
In 2002, he returned to Cozad to be closer to family members.
Fochtman was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church of Cozad and the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Columbus.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren as well as building models, hunting, studying history and his work, according to family members.
Fochtman was preceded in death by: his parents, Lloyd and Caroline; a sister, Barbara.
Survivors include: his two sons—Paul G. Fochtman of Cozad and Mike (Jessica) Fochtman of Gothenburg; two daughters—Stephanie Fochtman (fiance, Tom Hardage) of Elm Creek and Catherine Fochtman of Columbus; two brothers—Lloyd Fochtman and John Fochtman, both of Cozad; a sister, Mary (Mike) Augustyn of Omaha; seven grandchildren—Cody, Brendon, Dustin, Elizabeth, Anna, Sarah and Damion; numerous other relatives.
A memorial has been established. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.berrymanfuneralhome.com.
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