Serving Kansas City and Liberty, Missouri
816-523-1234 Phones Answered 24/7

Ochs, Dr. David John “Doc”

Ochs, Dr. David John “Doc”

December 27, 1948 — August 17, 2021

David John "Doc" Ochs, 72, a longtime Liberty resident, passed away unexpectedly on August 17, 2021, at his home.

Doc, as he was affectionately known, was born December 27, 1948, in Salina, KS, the son of John and Eleanor (Waldman) Ochs. He graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Salina.   David served as a Corpsman in the US Navy, mostly in Hawaii, receiving honorable discharge in 1971.

Dr. Ochs graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1995 and completed his resident training in Internal Medicine through UMKC, Truman Medical Center and St. Luke's Kansas City. He worked for the NHRA and IndyCar for seven years treating high speed injuries. Specializing in urgent care and emergency medicine, Dr. Ochs owned Liberty Urgent Care and Raymore Urgent Care, as well as Mobile Doc. He also served Advanced Correctional Healthcare for the last four years. Doc had a passion for his profession, working until three days before his death. He loved helping and caring for people.

Along with his parents, David was preceded in death by his son, Tyson; and brother, Ron. Survivors include his children, Andrea Rector (Michael), Tanner Ochs (Amelia) and Melissa Moore; grandchildren, Isabelle, Peighton, Tyson, Parker, and Marlee. David also leaves Debra Buckle who he was married to on October 17, 1980. They were married 21 years and parents of Andrea, Tyson and Tanner.

A memorial celebration will be held Sunday, August 22, 2021, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm, followed by a service at 3:00 pm. Friends and family are invited to continue Doc's celebration at Conrad's Alehouse, 210 North 291 Highway, Liberty, MO immediately following the service.

A memorial fund will be established by Doc's family. You may contribute to the fund with memorials payable to Andrea or Tanner, and they may be left with the funeral home.

Service Information

A memorial celebration will be held Sunday, August 22, 2021, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm, followed by a service at 3:00 pm.  Friends and family are invited to continue Doc’s celebration at Conrad’s Alehouse, 210 North 291 Highway, Liberty, MO immediately following the service.

Ochs, Dr. David John “Doc”'s Guestbook

It's difficult to understand why we are still here after everything we all have been through. It struck me today while having lunch with Andrea, you are still here. You are in the hearts of everyone you loved and who cared about you. I saw you in her eyes, her mannerisms, her wicked-fast wit, along with her steadfast dedication to those who matter most in her life. You trained her well Doc! We all miss your roar! Much love and respect. The Kings

Deb aka The Hammer

Our deepest condolences on the passing of your father and Dr. David Ochs. We are truly saddened to hear of this. His intuitive sense, knowledge base and commitment to ongoing learning was evident with every interaction I had with him. He took care of me when I was at my sickest from the COVID pandemic and became my first choice in treatment for office visits. We always had interesting conversations and I truly enjoyed talking to him. He particularly enjoyed and became delighted when a patient would call and let him know how much better they were doing due to his care. This spoke volumes about him as a person who was not only an excellent physician but as someone who truly cared. He will be missed.

Mark Wilkes

I am so sorry to hear of your passing. Want to thank you for giving me our wonderful daughter Melissa during the time we were married. God speed David

Pamela Ochs

Having worked with Doc for the past year at Jackson County Detention Center, I've got to know what kind of character he was. He is and will be missed greatly.

Rob Shermer

Yesterday I learned a great source of light and goodness has passed from this world. This man was so much more than just a former boss. He was my colleague, my mentor, and a fiercely loyal friend. He treated me like one of the family during our time working together for over a decade of my medical career. His knowledge, wisdom, and experience touched (and saved) many lives, including my own. He had a fiery spirit, but heart of gold. He was bluntly honest, but his compassion was boundless. He was fearless when facing challenges, and would fight for what he believed was the right thing to do. He is who I hold as the example and goal for both myself and other colleagues to strive to be like as physicians. Dr. David Ochs, "Doc", you will be sorely missed my friend. Rest well and in peace. 💙

Dr. Cynthia Farrar

Some of you did not have the pleasure of meeting him On a personal level and I’m sorry you missed out. But I know you have heard the stories. He was a good old horse doctor that some how got into a hospital. He was vey rough on the ears sometimes and had a bed side manner of a tarred and feathered grizzly bear with a hot poker up its rear. But what a great guy to have as a friend. And what a great doctor and human being. I know that’s a contradiction of terms and may seem impossible but it was real. Always taking care of others first even if he did it in his own grumpy way. I credit him for saving many lives my oldest daughter’s included. I always thought his Mr grumpy pants act was what made him so interesting to be around. I was blessed to know him and will sorely miss his ability to put me in my place in five words or less. He never backed away from a good debate even buying you a drink to keep the conversation going. Good times with a great friend. Say a prayer for doc tonight as I know I will and remember the next time you meet a Mr grumpy pants you may just be looking at the most interesting person you’ve ever met. I don’t know where we go from this world. But if Doc is there that place just got a whole lot better. God bless your family.

Rance Walls

Tanner my thoughts are with your family. I am so sorry about your dad. He was a great guy. If you need anything please reach out to Matt.. Suzan

Suzan Degner

Prayers going out to your family. I had so much fun working alongside your father, solving medical problems and world problems! He will be dearly missed.


I worked overnight as admitting clerk at Cass Regional Medical Center. He came in and introduced himself. He said, “Oh a shy one; we’ll have to fix that”. I loved his stories and jokes. He was one of the best he cared about his patients.

sonja mclanahan

My deepest sympathy’s to family . Doc was such a good man. I had the pleasure of working with him at Cass Regional ( his night job ) he taught me so much. Always had our backs. Truly one of the best I have ever had the privilege of working with . I was a new nurse and he taught me so Much.

Liz Parker

We are terribly sorry for your loss. I had all the respect in the world for your dad. I can’t tell you how much he meant to me. Sincerely, Beth

Brian and Beth Briggs

Our family will forever be grateful for the care and compassion that Doc always gave us. We were never just number and Doc always took his time with us. He helped me tremendously for the last 6 years. We will miss him, but we are blessed with his memory. We are thinking of your whole family as well as all the workers he employed.

Mary Diaz and family

This world will miss this wonderful man! His peace is with his maker. My condolences to family and friends.

Therese Phillips

I made you smile. You made me wiser. I brightened your day. You enlightened my mind. The news of your passing made me take a lunch. A nurse taking a lunch. I haven't taken a lunch in almost 2 years. Really taken a lunch. I worked on a hobby today. One I left sitting months ago. 3D printing an item for a friend. I've had family pass recently, but I felt no change. You've given me real change. Thank you for being a real bad ass. A mentor. My Doc.


Although I am currently deployed and will not be able to attend services, I got the honor of seeing and talking to David before I left in July. David saw myself and all three of my brothers for many years, since we were children. I know he holds a special place in our families heart and life, and I hope his family finds peace amongst the pain. Best wishes.

Kristin Lonsdale

Sign Ochs, Dr. David John “Doc”'s Guestbook

All messages are reviewed prior to being published. Park Lawn reserves the right to determine what is published. There will be a delay prior to your message being displayed.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Park Lawn Funeral Home | 816-523-1234 | [email protected]