August 13, 1977 - July 16, 2020
Jeffrey Lee VanOchten, 42, of Hampton Twp., our humorous and full-of-life husband and son passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at his home. Jeff, affectionately known as “Jeffy” by many, was born in Bay City on August 13, 1977, the son of Larry VanOchten and the late Holly (Prieur) Hackborn. On May 5, 2018, Jeff was united in marriage to the love of his life, the former Desiree Thomas. He worked at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort as a slot attendant and enjoyed snowmobiling, auto shows, University of Michigan Football, Tigers Baseball, classic cars, concerts and weekend get-a-ways with his wife, smoking meat, bonfires, and listening to Pandora with his Busch Light in his camp chair in the garage. Jeff will forever be missed and leaves behind his wife, Desiree and her son, Riley; father and step-mother, Larry & Betty VanOchten; step-father, Rob Hackborn; step-brother, Michael (Debbie) McKinnon; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dennis & Diana Bender; sister-in-law, Brittany Bender; nieces, Zoe and Rhianna; special nephew, Frederick, along with many cousins and friends. Jeff was welcomed home to heaven by his mother, Holly; grandparents, Leon & Joyce Prieur and Leonard & Marie VanOchten, and uncle, Gary Burgeson. Jeff’s family will be present to receive visitors for an outdoor Life Celebration on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 10:00 AM until Jeff’s 11:00 AM Memorial at the family home, 815 Harding Rd., Essexville, MI 48732 (north of Center) with a meal to follow. Fr Dale Orlik will officiate. Attendees are welcome to park in the field across from the home. The 11:00 AM Memorial will be live streamed and may be viewed by clicking the following link: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/3096483 Memorial contributions may be directed to Camp Fish Tales. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.
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