Edwin Jochim, 97, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD.
Edwin Jochim, the first of eight children born to Ignatius and Eva (Kohler) Jochim, was born Sept. 27, 1924, in Beulah. During the Depression era, the large family moved to the Puget Sound area of Washington and called several places in the area home before returning to North Dakota. In his teens, he moved back to the Seattle area, where he continued his high school education along with working at a part-time job. He graduated from a YMCA High School in Seattle in 1945. He then accepted a job as an apprentice electrician in the manufacture of mine sweepers. However, with end of WWII, the job ceased, and he moved back to North Dakota. He worked various jobs including a teacher in a one-room rural schoolhouse. It was during work with the state highway department that he met his wife of 65-plus years, Anna Bachel. The couple were blessed with five children: Michael, Mark, Patrick, Stephen, and Lori. A deep interest in ham radio and electronics lead him to his career passion in radio and TV repair. In his spare time, you could find him behind a book of various genres, such as science fiction/fact, history, mysteries and how-tos. He also enjoyed tending the large vegetable garden at the family’s home just east of Langdon. Despite spending most of his life in North Dakota, his heart remained in the pristine area of Puget Sound. “My heart has always been on the islands (San Juan and Friday Harbor),” he wrote in a memoir he penned in 2011. “On the beaches with its piles of driftwood, the great rocks rising out of the water or on the sand with the smell and sound of the ocean.”
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Anna; children: Michael (Loretta) of Pierre, SD, Mark of Grand Forks, Patrick of Rochester, Minn., Stephen of Sioux Falls, SD, and Lori (David) Stangeland of Sioux Falls, SD; his grandchildren: Bethany (Peyman Feizollah) of Okemos, MI, Joel Jochim of Sioux Falls, SD, and Gabriel LeTexier of East Grand Forks, Minn.; and siblings: Don (Norma) Jochim and Bernice Richter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a two-year-old sister, Lucille; and siblings: Clara Nesper, Raymond, Elaine Veitenheimer, and John.
George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory of Sioux Falls was in charge of arrangements.