HOWARD O. KOCH
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.