OCHSENHIRT, JR., WILLIAM ALEXANDER
Of Virginia Beach, VA passed away on August 4, 2011 in Birmingham, AL surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born on November 30, 1939 in Pittsburgh, PA and was the oldest child in his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William A. Ochsenhirt, Sr. and Gladys S. Ochsenhirt.
Mr. Ochsenhirt is survived by his immediate family: Beverly J. Ochsenhirt of Birmingham, his children Laura L. Falero (Robert) of Tampa, FL, William A. Ochsenhirt, III (Pamela) of Birmingham, and Leslie A. Ochsenhirt (Judi), of Williamsburg, VA, and his six grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother, James S. Ochsenhirt (Sharon) of Cincinnati, OH, and sister, Arlene Ranelli (John) of Niantic, CT.
Bill was a 1957 graduate of Boardman High School in Boardman, OH. Immediately after graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy at the young age of 17. He served his country as a talented F-14 aircraft mechanic, a C-130 flight engineer, air operations supervisor at NATC in Patuxent River, MD, and ended his career by leading the aircraft maintenance division at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, VA. During his 30-year career, Bill attained the rank of Master Chief and was awarded numerous medals and commendations for his loyal service in Vietnam and his many deployments aboard aircraft carriers.
After ending his military career in 1987, Bill founded Bill's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. and embarked on this second career for the next 20 years. During this period, he also followed his long-time desire to purchase and restore a 1931 Ford Model A and became an avid fan of Nascar racing. This became Bill's passion in the last years of his life. He was the president of the Cape Henry Model A Club and brought much joy to others showcasing his car in parades and various gatherings.
Bill was deeply loved by his family and will be missed by the many friends that he touched throughout his life. He always had a great sense of humor, insightful advice, and fully devoted himself to any project or undertaking.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6690 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, AL 35242. A funeral service with military honors will follow immediately at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made in Bill's honor to The Vision of Children Foundation, 12671 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92130.
The family would like to thank Odyssey Hospice and the staff of Rittenhouse Senior Living of Hoover for the excellent care that was provided to Bill during the past year.
Online condolences may be sent to www.cmgfh.com.