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Obituary for James “Big Jim” Leonard Rochell Sr.

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James “Big Jim” Leonard Rochell Sr.

April 14, 1936 - April 25, 2014

James “Big Jim” Leonard Rochell Sr., passed away April 25, 2014. James was born April 14, 1936, in Kaysville, Utah, to Ardle P. Rochell and Edith M. Todd. He married Hattie May Pritchard on March 14, 1956, in Ogden, Utah.

“Big Jim” loved staying at his cabin, hunting, fishing, and repairing anything that was broken. He loved spending time with family and friends.

Surviving is his loving wife Hattie Pritchard Rochell, his children, Leonard Rochell, Elaine Baker, Walter Rochell, Tim Hindes, and Paul (Dariel) Rochell; 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother and four sisters; two faithful companions Copper and Shasta.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one brother, and his four legged working partner, Sammy.

Family would like to thank Van Christensen, Ogden Regional Hospital, and Encompass Home Health; and a Special thanks to Tami, Sue, Andrea, and Miller.

At James’ request- No formal services will be held.


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Born: April 14, 1936
Died: April 25, 2014

Condolences for James “Big Jim” Leonard Rochell Sr.

Tamera Rochell posted on 4/30/14

Words cannot explain how much you mean to me, nothing could ever compare to the father you were to me. I didn't get to tell you how much I was proud to have you as a father in law and grandfather to mine and Walt’s Children. I miss all of our family vacations, fishing trips and time spent at the cabin. I wish you could know how much I love you and looked up to you. We will always remember that special smile, that caring heart and you being there for mom and us through good times and bad no matter what. We will always remember you dad because they’ll never be another one to replace you in our hearts and the love we will always have for you.


Edith Wheeler posted on 4/30/14

Uncle James will be greatly missed. I feel a little lost without him here. He was the head and rock of the family for so long. take care of my baby till I get. There. Love, Edith.


Randy Rochell posted on 4/29/14

There was once three of us, then two, now one. I miss both of you very much. I know you and Andrew finally found where the biggest elk, deer and the biggest fish are. Save me some, and I will be there to make the three again. Love you both. Your loving little brother, Randy.