Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Fred Isao Ochi

Fred I. Ochi, an Idaho landscape artist and businessman who recorded the history of Idaho in watercolor paintings for more than six decades, passed away Feb. 8, 2007, at the home of his son in Idaho Falls. He was 93.

Fred's spirit lives through his five sons, Denis, of Sun Valley, Idaho; Jon of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Gene, of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; Rex, of Seattle, Wash.; and Kenneth, of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; four daughters-in-law; 11 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Yoshiko, his wife of 53 years, passed away nine years earlier.

Funeral services were Feb. 23 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Idaho Falls, where the family visited with friends prior to the services. A reception was held at the Eagle Rock Art Museum the night before the services.

Wood River Funeral Home handled the funeral arrangements. The family suggests memorial donations to the Idaho Falls Art Guild, the Idaho Falls JACL, the Idaho Falls Kiwanis Club, or the Eagle Rock Art Museum.

(A full obituary for Mr. Ochi will appear in the Friday, March 23, edition of the Idaho Mountain Express.)

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