Jon Harvey Jochimsen, 65, Rugby, formerly of Minot, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in a Rugby hospital.
He was born Feb. 4, 1947, to Harvey and Nevis (Moe) Jochimsen, in Mankato, Minn. He was raised in Minot and graduated from Minot High School in 1965.
Jon enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam. After his honorable discharge he attended North Dakota State University, Fargo, and later graduated from Minot State College with a bachelor's degree in music. He was married to Roxy Kinyon Nelson in 1980 and their son, Jonathon, was born in 1984. Throughout the years, Jon remained active with the Army National Guard, where he retired after more than 20 years of service.
Jon owned and operated Fire Extinguishing Systems in Minot for several years. He later moved to California, where he continued working in the fire suppression and security business. In his later years he enjoyed driving bus for Hartley's and concrete truck for Deplazes Redi-Mix, both in Rugby.
Jon's love of the performing arts led him to participate in several musical groups including the Centurion Drum and Bugle Corps, Minot Brass Band, the IMC Adult Band, and the Rugby Symphony. He also took great pride in performing on stage with the Des Lacs Laker Playmakers, Mouse River Players, and the Rugby Village Arts.
Jon is survived by: his wife, Roxy, Minot; stepson, Toby (Beth) Nelson, Minot; sister, Mary (Paul) Upoff, Minneapolis.
Jon was preceded in death by: his son, Jonathan; his parents, Harvey and Nevis Jochimsen; stepfather, Robert Wiley; and sister, Sara.
Funeral: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at 1 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot.
Burial: A private burial will be held in Rolling Green Cemetery, rural Des Lacs.
Visitation: Wednesday, one hour prior to the service, in the church.
Memorials: Are preferred to the Ronald McDonald House, 608 Ontario St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Jon may sign the online guest register at (www.thompsonlarson.com).
(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot)