James Lloyd Kockritz
January 16, 2001 11:00 pm

James Lloyd Kockritz, 77, Brookings, died Jan. 10, 2001, at home, with his family in attendance.

He was born Jan. 25, 1923, in Sacramento, Calif., to Andrew Hugo Jim Kockritz and Charlotte A. Nickel Kockritz.

He was raised in Berkeley, Calif., and worked in his fathers butcher shop until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 8, 1941.

Mr. Kockritz served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He also served in Korea during the Korean War. He attained the rank of sergeant.

After nine years in the Navy, he transferred to the U.S. Army where he spent the remainder of his 23-year military career. The highlight of his Navy experience was being present on the flight deck of the USS Antietem when it was commissioned.

He married Barbara Joyce Kronauge while he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. They spent most of their early married life travelling to various military assignments.

They had six children and lived in various places including Tripoli, Libya, Chalons-Sur-Marne, and visited Germany, Ireland, Bermuda and the Azores.

He retired from the U.S. Army at the Presidio in San Francisco in 1964. He then operated charter fishing boats on Fishermans Wharf.

In 1968, he purchased a commercial fishing vessel and moved to Brookings, where he was involved in the charter and commercial fishing industry. During the storm of 1972, he was a volunteer aboard the Mabel Jean assisting in the search and rescue effort.

Mr. Kockritz was a skilled craftsman and enjoyed carving model replicas of vessels he had known of or been aboard in his lifetime.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law Rita and Sam Dotson; Linda and Andrew H. Kockritz, all of Brookings; Denise and Tim Kauer, Rigby, Idaho; Elizabeth and Vaughn Matthews, Coos Bay; Cynthia and Steve Blakney, Vancouver, Wash.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Cynthia and James Eustace, Brookings.

Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, one great-grandson, cousins and other honorary family members.

Preceding him in death was his wife; his parents; granddaughter Leslie Blakney.

Full military honors preceding his inurnment will be under the direction of the U.S. Army of Fort Lewis, Wash., Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Ward Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Curry Good Samaritan Center, P.O. Box 1217, Brookings, OR 97415 or to Cal-Ore Life Flight, P.O. Box 1986, Brookings, OR 97415.

Arrangements are under the direction of Littys Funeral Directors, Brookings Chapel.