Ray Solomon Bochert, Jr., age 91, of Dawson Springs, KY passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at his residence. Mr. Bochert was born May 31, 1928 in Dawson Springs, KY to the late Ray Solomon Bochert, Sr., and Mary Lora Carlton Bochert. He worked for twenty six years with the Associated Press retiring from the AP in 1976 and was later employed by York International in Madisonville, KY where he worked until his retirement with York International in 1991.
He was a two-time veteran serving honorably in the U.S. Navy (1945-1946), and after graduating from the ROTC Program at Maryland University under the GI Bill in College Park, Maryland, was activated into the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. Mr. Bochert served in Korea from 1952 through 1955. He received the “Purple Heart Medal” from wounds received on October 12, 1952 and was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
He was a past Master of the Al E. Orten Lodge #628 F&AM, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a sixty year member of the American Legion. Mr. Bochert served on the Dawson Springs City Council for more than twenty five years. He was a Charter Member of the Dayspring Assembly of God Church in Dawson Springs, KY.
He is survived by his wife, Edna, and three daughters, Deborah Gay, Susan (Tony) Smith, Julie (Scott) Powell all of Dawson Springs, KY; a step daughter and loving caregiver, Michele & Jamie Brown of Dawson Springs, KY; two step-sons, Scott Kembel & Eric Kembel of Dawson Springs, KY and a mother-in-law, Rachel Abbott of Dawson Springs, KY; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Marian Bochert; Brother, Wayne Bochert; Grandson, Jeremy Marks; Son-in-law, Ray Gay.
Visitation for Mr. Ray Solomon Bochert, Jr. will be Wednesday, August 14, 2019, from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM at Beshear Funeral Home, Dawson Springs, KY. At 1:00 PM a Masonic Service will be conducted at the funeral home, and at 2:00 PM a funeral service will be held with Sister Kathy Redden officiating at Beshear Funeral Home, Dawson Springs, KY. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery with the U.S. Army and the Hopkins County Veterans Group providing a military honor service.