Bill Kochis was born in Matheson, Colorado on November 15, 1936. After a ten year fight, he succumbed to metastatic prostate cancer on Monday, October 4, at his home at the Thomas Circle Residences in Washington, D.C.
He earned his Juris Doctor degree at Creighton University, was a member of the Colorado bar association and served with distinction in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Captain.
After the Army, he moved to Washington, D.C. to take a position with the Department of the Treasury in the Internal Revenue Service. Bill's responsibilities included developing an expertise on the tax law affecting non-profit organizations. He also provided invaluable advice to many friends.
Bill purchased a house on Capitol Hill where he lived for over 40 years. For approximately 20 years, beginning in 1969, he was a member of a group beach house in Rehoboth, Delaware at 35 Virginia Avenue. He made dozens of life-long friends and contributed greatly to the social activities and quality of life in the house and of its members.
Bill's fought cancer undergoing occasionally painful treatments. All through his fight, he kept a positive attitude. He was particularly impressed with the great help he got from the Vincent Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown Hospital where he participated in two cancer clinical trials. Bill kept his great sense of humor and displayed his impressive intelligence throughout his fight. He is survived his sister, Mary Ribelin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, his brother Richard Kochis of Soldotna, Alaska and his brother Joe Kochis of Farmington, Missouri.