Arthur B. Ochs, 72, of Huron, died Monday, May 21, 2007, in his home, unexpectedly.
Mr. Ochs joined Douthit Communications Inc. in July 1996, with more than 30 years of experience in marketing, sales promotion, public relations and advertising. He joined Dana Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Toledo, after graduation from the University of Toledo with a degree in journalism. Mr. Ochs spent eight years with Dana in the company's own advertising department. During those years, he was responsible for internal employee communications, wrote technical literature on company products and performed marketing research for the company's products and markets
Next, Mr. Ochs joined Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation, another Toledo-based Fortune 500 company. He provided advertising, sales promotion and public relations support for several product managers in the company's Homebuilding Products Division. After eight years in that position, he was named corporate communications manager for the company. In this position, he worked with the company's eight insulation manufacturing plants on community relations programs, worked on corporate public relations projects and served as secretary to the company's Corporate Contributions Committee. He came to Sandusky in 1987 and later joined the Krabill Marketing Group. Mr. Ochs established working relationships with a number of local industrial businesses to provide them with a variety of communications services. He also became a stockholder in the Sunnybrook Trout Club, Sandusky, in 1986 with a group of investors which purchased the 40-acre property from Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp.
In his present position at DCI, Mr. Ochs worked with the general managers of the company's 10 weekly newspapers to help them improve their sales and marketing to advertisers, coordinates training programs and more. In addition, he has responsibility for the company's safety programs, public relations, community relations and some human resources activities. In 1998, the company started a new monthly publication called the Greater Cleveland Golf News and named Mr. Ochs as editor. The newspaper is distributed free throughout greater Cleveland from April-October and is devoted to the golfer and news of golf happenings in Cleveland. Mr. Ochs wrote, edited and managed an editorial and sales staff as well as the production of the publication.
Mr. Ochs has been active in community affairs in Toledo and Sandusky. While in Toledo, he was a board member of the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Toledo, served on the Junior Achievement Trade Fair committee, was chairman of the Solicitations Review Committee of the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, was publicity chairman for the National Blind Golfers Championship held in Toledo in 1975. For his work with the Boys' and Girls' Club, he was awarded the Man & Boy Award by the organization.
In Sandusky, Mr. Ochs became an active member of Plum Brook Country Club, Sandusky Rotary Club, Erie County Chamber of Commerce (legislative committee) and served two years on the planning committee of Providence Hospital. In addition, he has served on the board of directors for Sandusky's Merry-Go-Round Museum (chairman of the marketing committee) and on the marketing committee of Erie County United Way.
In politics, Mr. Ochs served two years as a precinct committeeman for the Erie County Republican Party, managed political campaigns for Kay Dizak (Ohio House) and Betsy Wakefield (Vermilion Municipal Court Judge) and worked on campaigns for Nancy McKeen and Jeff Krabill (Erie County Commissioner). He has also worked on the re-election campaign for Ohio House Rep, Tom Lendrum.
Mr. Ochs was born in Chicago and moved to Toledo with his parents, Ben and Florence, three years later. He graduated grade school from Ladyfield School. His first two years of high school were spent at Jamaica High School in Queens, N.Y., when his family moved to this borough of New York City. After moving back to Toledo in 1950, he graduated from DeVilbiss High School and attended the University of Toledo from 1952-54. Taking time out in 1954-55 to play minor league baseball in the south, Mr. Ochs moved to Washington, D.C. and attended George Washington University while working part-time as a technical writer on publications used by the Army's Corps of Engineers. In 1956, he returned to Toledo to complete his degree in journalism, graduating in February1958. While in college, Mr. Ochs played on the UT baseball team, served as sports editor for the college newspaper and was chief statistician for the athletic department for both football and basketball games.
Married and divorced twice, Mr. Ochs is the father of son, Kent Ochs of Schaumburg, Ill.; and daughter, Kay Ann Wittich of Toledo; and five grandchildren, Jennifer, Frederick and Danielle Wittich, and Ryan and Derek Ochs.
Friends may call from 6 p.m. Thursday until services at 7:30 p.m. in Foster Funeral Home, 410 Main St., Huron. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, chapter of donor's choice.
Condolences may be sent to fosterfh.com.