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2000 - Edward Ochylski, Jr.

Mr. Edward Ochylski, Jr. was born on February 18, 1924. His parents were immigrants from Poland and were able to pass on to him a very strong Catholic faith. He attended public schools with the exception of two years during which he attended a Catholic grammar school. It was at this time that the Polish Sisters had “the most profound impact on my life.” Ed Ochylski graduated from the Canal School, and he graduated from High School. In 1942.

From his very humble beginnings, Mr. Ochylski began to work in the Detroit area packing plants at the age of 14. After graduation, he served in the United States Combat Infantry in the European Theatre during World War II.

After the war, he established with his father a small slaughtering plant in Fraser, Michigan called Belvedere, Inc.

Around that same time, Ed married a young woman of Polish descent, Eleanor, and they moved to Chicago, Illinois. There they had seven children while Ed founded the American Meat Packing Corporation (AMPAC) in the Chicago Stockyards.

Ed’s children all received Catholic education during that time. When the Union Stockyards closed in Chicago, Mr. Ochylski and his family moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1970 and founded the Iowa Packing Company. Ed and Eleanor currently reside in Florida while remaining consultants to the Iowa Packing Company. Edward was awarded a fifty year American Meat Packing Industry citation at the 59th Annual meeting of this prestigious organization on September 29, 1984.

Mr. Ochylski’s primary charity continues to be the Catholic Church. He personally has visited Poland to bring more than 200 immigrants into the United States, most of these having arrived during the Cold War. In gratitude for his substantial gift to the Holy See, Pope John Paul II invited Mr. Ochylski to have dinner in his private dining room, and has initiated personal correspondence with Mr. Ochylski.

Mr. Ed Ochylski is a daily communicant, a faithful follower of the Holy Father, and a strong apologist for the Catholic Church. Even in retirement, Mr. Ochylski spends endless hours assisting various Catholic individuals and organizations in several countries with his wisdom and financial support. For his perseverance and commitment to family, faith and country, particularly his efforts in support of the Catholic Church throughout the world, the Path to Peace Foundation is pleased to bestow upon Mr. Edward Ochylski the title of “Servitor Pacis”---Servant of Peace.