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Robert Henry Koch (Cook)

Robert "Bob" Henry Koch (Cook)

Bob Koch, 85, passed away on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at his home in Talent, Ore. He was born June 19, 1924, in Clinton, Iowa, to Florence Day and Fred Koch. He was their only surviving child. His dad, Fred, a Clinton police officer, was shot and killed by bootlegger Gene Moore in 1926, when Bob was only two years old. Graduating from Clinton High School in 1942, Bob entered the US Navy and served in amphibious forces on the USS Draco in the Pacific. He participated in six invasions: first, Guadal-Canal, and last, Guam. He joined in commissioning the light cruiser, USS Dayton, and traveled extensively in both the Navy and Merchant Marines. After his 1945 Navy discharge, he worked on the Chicago & Northwest Railroad as a locomotive fireman, hand-firing coal burning locomotives. Following in his father's footsteps, he briefly served as an officer on the Clinton police force, and later as a deputy sheriff in Reno, Nev. The railroad remained a part of his life, as he returned to work on the Western Pacific Railway in Oakland, Calif. At the age of 62, he worked as an engineer in Anchorage, Alaska, on the Alaska Railway. Bob's wanderlust took him to many parts of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It was in Oakland, Calif., while working on the railroad that he met and married his wife, Jurhee Olive Hunter-Perry-Koch. Jurhee's children, Douglas (Kathy) Perry and Barbara Perry-Tiekamp, now of Arizona; joined Bob and Jurhee's children, April (John) Koch-Higginbotham, John Koch, and Robin Koch-Arnold.

Bob was preceded in death by wife, Jurhee, in 1974; his stepson, Douglas Perry; and grandsons, Jeff and Richie Ward.

Bob is survived by his children, April, John and Robin; grandchildren, Scott Perry, John Ward, Jennifer Arnold (Beau), Jamie Arnold, Jerid Koch, Tabitha Koch, Charity Koch, and Austin Koch; great-grandchildren, Anika Perry, Cortnee Arnold, Christian Arnold, Brooklyn Vidonic, Ryan "Little Henry" Arnold, Aireanna Arnold, James "Junior" Clough, and Emily Grace Clough.

Bob stated that his greatest moment took place in 1981 when he accepted the gift of grace extended by the Lord, and became a Christian. His deepest desire was to see each member of his family make the same commitment, hoping to see them again one day.

God bless you, Bob! You will be greatly missed.

Robert Henry Koch (Cook)