NOLAN D. KOCH
Nolan Duane Koch, 74, of Euless, Texas, formerly of Liberty, Illinois, died at 7:56 a.m. on Tuesday (July 18, 2017) at the Keller Oak Health Care Center, in Keller, Texas.
Born November 28, 1942 in Quincy, Illinois, Nolan was the son of William B. and Gladys Hinchee Koch. Nolan grew up on the family farm near Liberty. After graduating from Liberty High School in 1960, Nolan went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Ag Mechanization from Western Illinois University. He was also an early member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity in Macomb, Illinois. Nolan was a Vietnam Veteran who served his country in the U.S. Army and National Guard from 1964 until 1969. Nolan worked as a sales representative for the John Deere Farm Implement Dealer in Macomb, Illinois.
On March 14, 1995, Nolan married Jeanette Slaymaker at Covenant Church, in Carrollton Texas where Nolan was a faithful member. Nolan was a loving husband to his cherished wife Jeanette. Nolan and Jeanette loved watching airplane shows, and would often bring Jeanette’s niece and nephew along with them. Nolan also loved US History and was an expert on any topic. He and Jeanette moved from the Dallas area to Buna, Texas so they could help with the needs of Jeanette's parents battling cancer. Nolan gave his time and support to care for Jeanette's terminally ill parents. During this,
he continued his employment in Beaumont Texas at Smart's Truck and Equipment as a Sales Rep.
Jeanette, faithfully and lovingly cared for Nolan during his eight-year battle with Parkinson's disease. Dealing with many health issues herself, Jeanette never stopped providing the care and support Nolan needed.
Nolan demonstrated his care and support to his sister-in-law, Carolyn Brooks, while she struggled to raise two grandchildren. He would often bring them to his work and take them around on the company golf cart. Nolan would show up dressed in a suit, red roses in hand and arm extended to Carolyn's granddaughter to escort her to her school's Father-Daughter Banquet. Nolan loved attending Church sponsored Father-Son retreats with Carolyn's grandson, and together they enjoyed devotionals, fishing, canoeing, and campfires. He and his wife Jeanette helped make it possible for Carolyn’s grandchildren to attend Private Christian School by helping with school tuition, school uniforms, and the giving of their time and love.
Nolan may not have received the applause of men here on Earth BUT . . . How Great the Applause in Heaven from God who is The Father to the Fatherless (Psalm 10:14 and Psalm 68:5).
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette, of Euless, TX; one brother, Glenn Koch (Joyce) of Quincy; sister-in-law, Doris Koch of Quincy and sister-in-law, Carolyn Brooks of Euless, TX.
Mr. Koch was preceded in death by his parents, his sister-in-law Phyllis Koch, his sister-in-law Eileen Koch, and brothers Paul Koch and Marvin Koch.
A graveside service with full military honors by the Payson VFW post 2061 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be held Friday, August 4, 2017 @ 11 a.m. at Xander Cemetery in Liberty.
Any friends and family are welcome to attend.
Memorials may be made to Nolan's wife Jeanette Koch who lives with her sister Carolyn at 409 Hideaway Ct., Euless, Texas 76039. Jeanette and her sister are both facing many health and financial challenges. Prayers and support greatly appreciated.