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The Rev. Milton Jochetz, 87, of Stanton, Texas, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Mabee Health Care Center in Midland, Texas.
He was born Sept. 23, 1926, and raised on a West Texas cotton farm near Slaton, Texas. He was the son of Walter A. Jochetz and Myrtle Lena Saage Jochetz. Milton attended school in Slaton. For a short time he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. In September 1944, he joined the United States Navy, serving two years on the USS Athene in the Pacific Theatre in World War II. He married Wanda Jean Vaughan March 11, 1946.
He was a minister of the United Methodist Church, serving Hawley, Krum, Texline, Buena Vista, Borger, Sweetwater, Clarendon, Gruver, Seymour, Andrews and Stanton, where he retired.
He is survived by a son, Tommy and wife, Sharon; a daughter, Paula and husband, Joe Millhollon; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; Milton's sister, Barbara Jones; and many other close relatives and special friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda; daughter, Sandra; and parents, Walter and Myrtle Jochetz.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Gilbreath Funeral Home, 209 N. St. Charles, Stanton, Texas. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 208 E. St. Anna, Stanton, Texas.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stanton First United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society, Hospice of Midland or charity of your choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton. Online condolences may be made at: www.npwelch.com