Neil G. Jochem, age 66, of Manitowoc passed away on Tuesday afternoon May 31, 2022 at his residence.
Neil was born and raised in Pomona, CA where he graduated from Pomona High School. Neil joined the US Army after high school and served as a Motor Transport Operator, during which he gained experience driving and maintaining equipment.
After leaving the Army, he returned to Pomona, Ca, where he worked as a mechanic for several years. His passion was motorcycles and cars. On the weekends, he spent much of his time working on motorcycles and racing cars with friends at the Pomona International Raceway. Throughout his life, he attended many raceways to watch the sport he loved so much and he especially loved watching the land speed races at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Later in life, Neil moved to Washington, where he completed a career as a truck driver, and then eventually settled in Manitowoc, WI.
Survivors include his sister Berna Boyd and spouse Kalen Towle, one niece: Cindy Smith and her children: Brandon, Ashley, and Caitlyn, one nephew: Brian and wife Dana McDonald, and their children: Connor and Macy.
Neil was preceded in death by his parents: George and Berna Jochem, his lifelong partner Rebecca Jane Parker, and great nephew Bentley McDonald.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.lendmanfh.com
The Lendman Funeral Home, Manitowoc is assisting the funeral arrangements.