In Loving Memory of Jack Lochbaum


Jacob A. “Jack” Lochbaum passed away peacefully on April 16, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. During the past year, Jack never lost faith in God’s ability to heal him with “just a touch.” That touch came just in time to spend Easter with his Lord — a win-win. 

Things we remember about this man: known to many as teacher, friend, acquaintance, our family remembers as son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. 

Jack grew up on a farm near the Canadian border. By the age of 6, he was driving the tractor, helping his dad put hay in the mow. His farm upbringing taught him to work with his hands, help whenever needed, mind his own business and lead a quiet life. This is the way he lived his 78 years here on earth. Our Centralia home reflects Jack and his early learning. He loved gardening, mowing his “golf green” lawn, growing tomatoes, harvesting and canning food for our family. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, kite flying, hiking, traveling and wintering in Arizona. 

Family was his joy! Being a sports enthusiast himself, Jack took on a love for each daughter's interests — Andrea, horses and theater, and Amy, gymnastics and school sports. If they were participating, he was there. Later, when grandkids and great-grandkids came along, he segued into that role with enthusiasm and pride. He loved his nieces and nephews and found fun in their antics with each other. At large family gatherings, Jack found pleasure in listening to what others had to share. He not only touched the lives of family, but will be remembered by the many students he taught in his 33 years as a middle school science teacher. To many, he became known as “Mr. Positive.” 

Jack is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jeanie; daughter, Andrea Lochbaum-Lovell (Teresa); grandson, Jacob Lochbaum (Taylor); granddaughter, Amy Jo Kiser; great-grandchildren, Gracie Mae and Alexander Kiser; daughter, Amy Browning (Alan); grandson, Jackson Browning; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Natalie Lochbaum; sister, Nancy Mason; and sister, Valerie Haddock. 

Jack was a kind man who loved and was loved by many. His presence remains in our hearts. God’s timing is perfect...never too soon and never too late. 

There will be a celebration of life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Oakview Grange, 2715 N. Pearl St., Centralia.

Gifts in his memory are of your choosing. 

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