Ambrose was the third of ten children born to Ambrose W. Ochs and Eleanor (Murray) Ochs. He married Anna Catherine Zuber on February 12, 1901. They had four children: Bernetta May, Edwin Oswald, Lucille Edith, and Eleanor Althea. Ambrose lost his life due to a tragic accident. He was killed by a bolt of lightening that hit him while he was trying to return the farm animals to his barn during a thunderstorm.