Date of Death: August 13, 2020
In accordance with family wishes cremation will be conducted and services will be held at a later date in the fall of 2020.
James Alfred Hochberger, age 93 of Three Rivers passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Heartland Healthcare Center. He was born in Chickasaw County, IA on September 29, 1926 the son of Alfred J. and Clara A. (Foot) Hochberger.
Jim served in the US Navy Seabees during World War II until his honorable discharge in 1946. He went to work in Cedar Rapids, IA and in December of 1948 Jim met Barbara Anderson of Chicago on a blind date. After dating a month and then sharing letters back and forth in a long distance romance, they were married on June 25, 1949. They were married 62 years until Barbara’s death in 2011.
Graduating from the University of Iowa in 1953, Jim took a job with the Maytag Company in Newton, IA where he and Barb would raise their children. After 33 years with the Maytag Company, Jim retired and they moved to Jackson, MO.
Jim enjoyed bowling, traveling to visit his children and grandchildren, volunteering in his church and woodworking and carving. Many friends and family still enjoy a piece that he built or crafted for them.
In 2011 Jim and Barb moved to Three Rivers, MI to be with their daughter Brenda and her family. Jim especially enjoyed the friends he made at The First Presbyterian Church in Three Rivers and looked forward to attending church every week.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Donald and wife, Barbara.
Surviving to cherish his memory is daughter, Brenda (Jon) Deily of Three Rivers; son, Bruce (Karen) Hochberger of Nebraska; grandson, Nick Parker of Three Rivers; granddaughter, Katie Parker of Denver, CO, and dear friends Debi and Corey Haynes of Three Rivers.
Memorial donations in memory of James may be directed to First Presbyterian Church Three Rivers/Centreville. Envelopes are available and may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
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