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James A Bockhaus

November 6, 1937 ~ May 8, 2021 (age 83)


Mr. James A. Bockhaus, 83, of Windsor, CO, passed away on May 8, 2021, after a brief illness.  He was born in Waverly, IA, the son of Lawrence W. Bockhaus and Mildred Henning Bockhaus.

Mr. Bockhaus spent his early years in Iowa and graduated from Frederika (IA) High School.  During his high school years, he worked in his father’s gravel and excavating business.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1959.  Later, he earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (1964) and an MBA (1971) from Bradley University in Peoria, IL.

He married Arla Klintworth on December 19, 1964, in Peoria, IL.  They made their home in Morton, IL, for over 40 years before moving to Colorado to be closer to family.

His military service included a year of duty in South Korea with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Subsequently, he spent eight years with the active Army Reserves at various summer assignments in the United States.

After his Iowa State graduation, he began his 38-year career with Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, IL.  His career at Caterpillar centered around product development and encompassed many roles, most notably the development of the company’s first backhoe loader and leadership roles in the mining, forestry and agriculture divisions.  One project required a family relocation to London, England, for a year.  After his retirement in 1997, he spent another 11 years with Caterpillar consulting on product-related projects on a part-time basis.

Mr. Bockhaus was an active life-long member of the Lutheran Church and served in various capacities in a number of congregations, including 14 years as Chairman of the Bethel Lutheran Foundation (Morton, IL).  When he moved to Colorado, he became a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Collins, CO.  After his retirement, he and Arla enjoyed ocean cruising and ballroom dancing.  He also enjoyed spending time with family, genealogy, and landscaping.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, John W. Bockhaus (Lynn) and a daughter, Julie A. Fischbeck (Stu); five grandchildren—Mark Bockhaus, Eric Bockhaus, Emma Fischbeck, Carlos Fischbeck, and Noah Fischbeck, all of Fort Collins, CO; a sister, Berth Ann Werderitsch (Tom) of Iowa City, IA; and several very special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rosella M. Hoffman, and brother LeRoy Bockhaus.

A memorial service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wednesday, May 12, at 3:30pm.  The service will also be livestreamed at

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7755 Greenstone Trail, Fort Collins, CO, 80525.

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Memorial Service
May 12, 2021

3:30 PM
Redeemer Lutheran Church

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