Jerome J. Jochem, 91, Jasper

Jerome JochemJerome J. Jochem, 91, of Jasper, died Friday (January 2) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in St. Henry February 14, 1923, to Leo and Clara (Hohl) Jochem. He married Virginia Mehringer September 9, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died December 26, 1974.

Jerome was a 1941 graduate of Holland High School. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and served in Germany under General Patton in the European Theatre. He retired from Masterbrand Cabinets where he worked in the maintenance department. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper. In 1998 he received the Diocese of Evansville Brut’e award in recognition of exemplary stewardship. It was presented by the Most Rev. Gerald A Gettellfinger. He was a charter member of American Legion Post No. 124 in Ferdinand and V.F.W. Post No. 673 in Jasper. He was an avid fan of Indiana University basketball and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. He enjoyed playing sheepshead and coached the Dubois County Tire team in the Jasper Men’s Softball League.

He is survived by three daughters, Rebecca “Becky” Tanner, Huntingburg, Jane Neeley and husband Ben, Bedford, and Doris Arensman and husband Tom, Jasper; one son, Gary “Yog” Jochem and wife Deb, Jasper; eight grandchildren, Shawn and Nicole Tanner, Amy Werner, Kris Jochem, Brian and Brady Matheis, and Jeff and Trisha Arensman; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Hollander and Rosie Stetter, both of Huntingburg.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Coletta Caine, and one brother, Lee Ray Jochem.

Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Precious Blood Church with burial following in Fairview Cemtery. V.F.W. Post No. 673 will conduct military grave side rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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