10:08 AM EDT, July 27, 2012
Richard "Rick" A. Fochtman Jr., 61, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at his home in Woodridge, Ill.
Born Aug. 2, 1950, in Charlevoix, Mich., to the late Richard and Bonnie (Sutton) Fochtman, Rick graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1969. He attended Michigan Technological University, majoring in computer science.
Rick was employed as a systems programmer by Trailer Train Company in Chicago until 1981 and then joined Clearing Corporation, servicing the Chicago Board of Trade as senior systems programmer specialist until his retirement in 2006.
A lifetime member of the Illinois State Rifle Association, Rick served on its board of directors and various other committees and was a founding member of the ISRA Range near Bonfield, Ill.
Rick was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, member of the Winfield Scott Pistol Team and the Tri-County Pistol League. He received numerous recognitions for his skills in both pistol and small-bore rifle shooting.
Rick very much enjoyed working with young people. He assisted local Boy Scouts on their shooting merit badges and helped school youth with their science and electronic projects. He befriended a neighborhood youth, mentored and guided him for many years, remaining close friends to the young man and his mother until his death.
Survivors include three brothers, Gerald "Jerry" W. (Donna) Fochtman of Kingwood, Texas, David L. (Kelly) Fochtman of Arvada, Colo., and Michael A. (Norma) Fochtman of Ooltewah, Tenn.; along with nine nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Naperville Covenant Church, 1150 Hobson Road, Naperville, Ill.
Services in Charlevoix, prior to interment, are pending.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Rick's name to the Charlevoix Historical Society or to the charity of choice.
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