Van Ochten, Melvin J., Saginaw, Michigan

Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Melvin J. Van Ochten, 86, died from pancreatic cancer on Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Aleda E. Lutz V.A. Medical Center. The son of the late Fred and Agnes (Badour) Van Ochten, Mel was born July 1, 1928 in Hampton Township (Essexville), Michigan. He married Betty J. Slominski, his loving wife of 53 years, on February 11, 1961 at St. Rita Catholic Church. She survives him. Mel was a Korean veteran and member of American Legion Post #439 and D.A.V. Chapter #4. A graduate of Central Michigan University, he taught school for 30 years, retiring from North Intermediate School in 1987. He was a member of the Board of Directors at Team One Credit Union where he volunteered many years. Mel was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. He was a blood donor for many years. Mel enjoyed spending time with his family, playing bridge, horseshoes, golf and swimming at the YMCA. Surviving besides his wife Betty are two sons, one daughter and their spouses, Gregory and Greta Van Ochten, Shorewood, Minnesota; Karen and Alan Doty, Omaha, Nebraska; Glen and Lisa Van Ochten, Flushing, Michigan; seven grandchildren, Hannah and Natalie Van Ochten, Victoria, Alison and Nicholas Doty, Olivia and Spencer Van Ochten; two sisters, Clara Williams and Jane (Bill) Bittner; many nieces, nephews and friends. Mel was preceded in death by his parents, and by five brothers and their wives, Aloysius and Mildred Van Ochten, Norbert and Dorothy Van Ochten, Bertram and Ann Van Ochten, Devere and Shirley Van Ochten, Eugene and Marge Van Ochten, and by two brothers-in-law, Presley Williams and Harold Herzog. Mel’s family expresses their gratitude and appreciation to the doctors, nurses, caregivers and staff at St. Mary’s of Michigan, Covenant Medical Center, Reverence Hospice and the Aleda E. Lutz V.A. Medical Center for their loving and compassionate care. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Richard Bokinskie will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military honors will be presented by American Legion Post #439. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, where the family will be present on Friday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. and at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. There will be a Vigil Service at 6:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church or the Y.M.C.A. of Saginaw.