He was born at Centralia, Kansas, December 17, 1930, one of two children born to Louis and Gladys Swan Koch. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, discharged at the rank of sergeant. Richard returned from the service and learned auto body repair work thru the military in Atchison. He did various jobs through his working life: auto body repair, farmer, water treatment operator while working for USD #415 as a custodian, first at Reserve, later at the Hiawatha High school, retiring in 1993 after 20 years of service.
Richard was a member of Jehovah's Witness of Falls City, Nebraska. He was married to Patricia Ann Sutter, April 20, 1956, at Sabetha. They lived in several places in northeast Kansas, southeast Nebraska, through the years: Sabetha, Seneca, Honeycreek, Nebraska, and at Reserve, KS for 30 years. For the last few years, they had lived at Cambria, Wisconsin to be near family. She survives.
Also surviving are their children: Dee Doan, Phyllis Mallot, both of Omaha, NE, Patrick Koch, of Louisville, KY, Geraldine Koch of Cambria, WI, Darrel Koch of Kingman, KS, Jacqueline Campbell of Shenandoah, IA, Sheila Roland of Beatrice, NE, Christine Koch of Concordia, KS, and Sue Sunnenberg of Sabetha, KS; 18 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Irene Koch in 2011; a grand-daughter Devin in 2010; and a sister Marybelle.
Memorial services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2013, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha. Gary Feldman will officiate. Private family inurnment will be at a later date at Sabetha Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witness Building Fund of Falls City, which may be sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.