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William John "Bill" Ocker, Sr
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Birth: Jun. 2, 1936
Death: Apr. 15, 2009

From: The Barton Chronicle April 22, 2009

William "Bill" John Ocker Sr.

William "Bill" John Ocker Sr., 72, died at his home in Albany on April 15, 2009.

Mr. Ocker was a proud Marine; he was even more proud of his grandchildren.

Born John Hill on June 2, 1936, in Laurel, Mississippi, he was adopted in 1939 by the Reverend William and Velma Ocker of Erie, Pennsylvania.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 to 1958. In 1959 he moved to Vermont where he met and married his true love and best friend, Susan Douglas, in 1960.

He spent his life working on heavy equipment. He worked on portions of the interstate system from New York to New Hampshire while working for Palazzi and Perini construction companies. Co-workers have always commented that he was an artist on a bulldozer. He retired in 1990 due to medical issues.

He was a member of Winooski Lodge 49 of Free and Accepted Masons, Queen Esther Chapter 7 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Waterbury, American Legion Post 23, in Orleans, the International Union of Operating Engineers, and the National Rifle Association.

He enjoyed drag racing cars, racing snowmobiles, reading news, watching football, hunting, fishing, camping, listening to country music, gardening, and feeding the birds.

He was a volunteer at Copley Hospital in Morrisville. He was a family man who loved dogs and all other animals. He had the ability to become friends with almost everyone he met. Above all, he enjoyed his time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

He was reunited with his biological family in 1993 after a 54-year separation. He and his family then traveled to family reunions, meeting other relatives, and he hosted a reunion in Vermont. Connecting with his brother and sisters and meeting his mother gave his the greatest gift he could ever have asked for.

Besides his wife, Susan, of Albany, he leaves his daughter Kim Fuller of Berlin; his son William J. Ocker Jr. and his wife, Danielle, of Hartland; grandchildren: Ashley McEwan, Megan Jason, Caitlin Fuller, Jonathan Fuller, Nathan Ocker, and Matthew Ocker; and sisters: Marjorie Snyder of Iowa, Mary Shelton of California, and Sara Plaskett and her husband, David, of California. He was predeceased by a brother and three sisters.

A memorial service was held April 19 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Waterbury with the Reverend Melvin Bridge officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Albany Village Cemetery.

Contributions in Mr. Ocker's memory may be made to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program or to the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. Information on these programs is available by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 
Family links: 
  William H. Ocker (1891 - 1990)
  Velma A. Ocker (1895 - 1975)
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Albany Village Cemetery
Orleans County
Vermont, USA
Created by: Kurt Johnson
Record added: Sep 04, 2012
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William John Bill Ocker, Sr
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 Added: Sep. 4, 2012

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