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William Elbert Bochat

February 9, 1944 ~ May 22, 2021 (age 77)


Bill Bochat
William Elbert Bochat, age 77, died Saturday, May 22, 2021 at his home in Mesquite with his wife at his side.  He was born February 9, 1944 in Prescott, Arizona to Albert Edwin and Virginia Agnes Pearsall Bochat.  He married Barbara Jean Keister in Prescott, Arizona.  They had two children and were later divorced. Bill grew up in Prescott where he graduated from high school in 1962.  He immediately entered the US Navy.  He enjoyed a long career in the Navy and enjoyed living in several areas of the US, including Florida, California and Hawaii before retiring in 1990.  He earned his Associate in Science Degree in 1989 from the University of the State of New York.  He later worked for the US Postal Service.  Upon his retirement, he relocated to Idaho where he met Linda.  They were married in June of 2007 in Mesquite.  He opened his heart and his home to her parents and her two sons.  
Bill had a great love for model trains, first the smaller HO Scale, and later the larger G Scale.  He enjoyed sharing his passion for trains as he made “layups” in his home and in his grandchildren’s homes.  Bill loved wide open spaces and the desert.  Missing the sun, he and Linda sold their home in Idaho and RV’d across the states, finally settling in Mesquite, Nevada.  
Survivors include his wife, Linda; children: Tammara (Patrick) Dora; William (Lena) Bochat; step children: Patrick (Lori) Allen; Michael (Christy) Allen and 25 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, a sister and a brother in law.  
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Train of Life
At birth, we boarded the train of life and met our parents, and we believed that they would always travel by our side.  However, at some station, our parents would step down from the train, leaving us on life’s journey alone.  As time goes by, some significant people will board the train:  siblings, other children, friends, and even the love of our life.  Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum.  Others will go so unnoticed that we won’t realize that they vacated their seats!  This train ride has been a mixture of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes and farewells.
A successful journey consists of having a good relationship with all passengers, requiring that we give the best of ourselves.  The mystery that prevails is that we do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.  Thus, we must try to travel along the track of life in the best possible way – loving, forgiving, giving and sharing.
When the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty - we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who continue to travel on the train of life.  Let’s remember to thank our Creator for giving us life to participate in this journey.  I close by thanking you for being one of the passengers on my train! 

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