Local Obituaries

Former stockyard owner, WWII vet dies

A well-known former stockyard owner and World War II veteran died Sunday.

Fred B. Wachs Jr., 88, owned Clay Wachs Stockyards and the Clay Tobacco Warehouse.

He was a member of the Kentucky State Board of Agriculture, served on the board of directors of the Burley Tobacco Warehouse Association and was a past president of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.

He also served for four years on the National Civil Defense Committee and was on the board of directors for the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce.

He attended the University of Kentucky before enlisting in the Army in December 1942. He served 32 months in the South Pacific, including Guadalcanal and the Philippines.

After the war he married Darothy Sympson and finished his degree in agriculture at UK in 1948.

Jack Baugh, a long-time friend, said Mr. Wachs, the son of former Herald-Leader editor Fred B. Wachs, was well-known for telling stories but rarely talked about World War II. Fortunately, Mr. Wachs recorded his war recollections, which the family now has on two CDs.

Baugh and Mr. Wachs shared a passion for fishing and hunting, traveling to Canada and Mexico and other parts of the country.

"He was a crack shot," Baugh said. "He was just a cherished friend, and I'm sure so many people feel the same way about him. We're all going to miss him."

In addition to his wife of 65 years, Mr. Wachs is survived by seven children, 15 grandchildren and a brother, Warren C. Wachs of San Francisco. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Walnut Hill Church, followed by burial in the church ceremony. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Milward Funeral Directors-North Broadway is in charge of arrangements.