Howard O. Koch

Born: Sun., Nov. 16, 1924
Died: Tue., Sep. 30, 2014


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 05, 2014
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Mon., Oct. 06, 2014
Location: St. Francis Catholic Church

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   Mr. Howard O. Koch, 89, of Quincy, died at 7:23 p.m. Tuesday (September 30, 2014) in the Illinois Veterans Home.

   Born November 16, 1924 in Quincy, Howard was the son of Frederick W. and Louise H. Spindler Koch.  He married Betty Arlene Pfeifer on December 27, 1952 in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church in Quincy.  She survives.

   Howard attended Quincy College Academy and graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School.  After high school, Howard served his country during WW II in the U. S. Army Air Corps 984th Military Police 8th Air Force at Langford Lodge, a Royal Air Force station near Belfast, Ireland.
   Howard was a member of St. Francis Church where he was active with the St. Francis Holy Name Society. He was a founding member of St. Francis Church Austin's Army, a group of volunteers doing construction projects for the church and school. He was also a member of the Quincy American Legion Post 37 and Disabled American Veterans. Howard loved helping anyone in need, especially children. He volunteered and served on the board of Camp Callahan for over 45 years.

   Howard's hobbies included wood carving and welding iron sculptures.  He and his wife loved traveling. He especially enjoyed his yearly army reunions held around the country. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family.

   Mr. Koch owned and operated Illinois School Supply Company in Quincy for many years until his retirement.

   Survivors include his wife Betty Arlene; a son, Ted Koch (Cindy) of Quincy; two daughters, Rebecca Scholz (Chuck)  and Judith Siebers (Steven) both of Quincy; six grandchildren, Chris Koch of Springfield, IL, Greg Koch and wife, Vicky  of Liberty, IL, Charles H. Scholz and wife, Jamie (Keller) of Quincy, Jacob Scholz and wife, Rebecca Johnson of Quincy, Adam Siebers and wife, Bobbie Lee Riling of Lawrence, KS and Jaclyn (Siebers) Nix and husband, Richie of  Forest Hills, N. Y.; six great grandchildren, Nancy Scholz, Charlotte Scholz, Olivia Scholz, Breanna Koch, Brandon Koch and Amber Koch; four sisters, Jean Powers (Dr. Francis) of Quincy, Susie Longo of Quincy, Joyce Hunter of Quincy and Mary Heintz of Fond du Lac, WI; a sister in law, Mary Ellen Koch of Quincy; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Koch was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Melvin Koch, Norbert Koch and James Koch.

   Howard's family is grateful for the compassion and care provided at the Illinois Veterans Home.

   Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church by the Rev. James Wheeler.  Burial with Military Honors by Quincy American Legion Post 37 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be in Sunset Cemetery in Quincy.

   Visitation will be Sunday evening from 4:00 to 6:00 and Monday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.  A Parish Prayer Service will be held Sunday evening at 6:00 at the funeral home.  

   Memorials may be made to Camp Callahan, St. Francis Church Austin's Army  or the Illinois Veterans Home Activity Fund.

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Mary Keller
   Posted Thu October 02, 2014
While we are connected in several ways, it wasn't until a few months ago that we became acquainted at the veterans' home while Howard and my husband were residents at Markword. My heart goes out to all of you in your loss. Cherish your memories of those special days and years together with him. It won't fill the void but they will bring you joy. (I'm the "other" Mary Keller!)

Wesley Zander
   Posted Thu October 02, 2014
I will always remember Uncle Howard for his warm and humorous personality. His dedication to his family, church and country set an example for us all to follow. Our Koch family christmas parties and family reunions were always events I would look forward to because of him. Howard will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

Don Benz
   Posted Thu October 02, 2014
Ted, I'm sorry for your loss. I wish you peace.

Bill & June Lahrman
   Posted Thu October 02, 2014
Arlene, Becky, Judy, Ted and family, We are so sorry to hear of Howard's passing. He was a very special man. Always so friendly whenever we saw him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bill & June

Jill (Koch) Hulsey
   Posted Fri October 03, 2014
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. I have many fond memories of Uncle Howard from my childhood. Love, Jill

Barbara Koch
   Posted Fri October 03, 2014
I was so sorry to hear of Howard's passing. He was a good man. He brought back many a good memory of Jack . Peace be with all of you.
Barb Koch

Chris Scholz
   Posted Sat October 04, 2014
Howard was one of the all-time great citizens of Quincy. Illinois School Supply was, and still is, one of Quincy's classic business establishments. I have great memories of buying art supplies, paper, office was all there. Howard always took a personal interest in what I was doing and usually had an interesting anecdote or subtle comment to add. I will always remember him with great fondness.

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