Archive for Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Obituary: Lawrence John Koch


July 17, 2002

Services for Lawrence John Koch, 92, Seneca, were Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Seneca, with the Rev. Roderic Giller officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery at Baileyville.

Mr. Koch died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Country View Estates Care Home in Seneca. He was born July 5, 1910, southwest of Centralia, the son of William and Mary Holan Koch.

He attended rural grade schools in the Centralia area. His father died in 1923, and when Mr. Koch was 15, he took on the responsibility of managing the farm and supporting his mother and two younger sisters.

He married Lorena Wessel on June 2, 1943, in Baileyville.

Mr. Koch was a farmer and stockman in Nemaha County for all but six years of his career, when the family lived and farmed northwest of Axtell in Marshall County.

He and his wife retired from farming in 1974 and moved to Seneca, where they care for E.N. "Dick" Erickson for eight years.

Mr. Koch was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca and the St. Joseph Society. He was a former member of St. Michael's church in Axtell.

Survivors include his wife, Lorena; a son, Maurice Koch, Meriden; a daughter, Rose Mary Altenhofen, Tonganoxie; a sister, Lucy Deters, Seneca; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Seneca EMT Association or Sts. Peter and Paul School, sent in care of the family.

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