Keith Duane Koch
  • Born on: August 28, 1925
  • Departed on: March 23, 2019
  • Resided in: Cedar Rapids, IA

Keith Duane Koch

Keith Duane Koch, age 93, went to be with His Lord and Savior while visiting his daughter in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 23, 2019. The service will be on Saturday, April 6th at 12:00 PM at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Memorials may be sent to First Lutheran Church, 1000 3rd Avenue SE or a memorial of your choice.

Keith was born August 28, 1925, in Waverly, Iowa; he was one of four children born to Seth and Laura Koch. Before graduating from Waverly High School, Keith was recognized as a 4-H Club National Health Champion for his pristine health - one of his many claims to fame. He attended Iowa State where he was a scholarship football player for one year before enlisting in the Airforce. Keith served in England as a bombardier with the B17 Flying Fortress. After the European tour ended, he was sent home to be stationed in Mississippi where he received nine hours of training for the B-29 before the Pacific tour ended. Keith remained a reservist stationed at Offutt Air Force base obtaining the position of JAG officer. Upon completion of thirty years of service, Keith had earned the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Keith married the love of his life, Donna, on August 1, 1947. The two ultimately moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1957 where Keith opened his law practice. Keith also taught for the Cedar Rapids School District where he too coached football and wrestling. Keith was a fifty-year member of the First Lutheran Church, the Cedar Rapids Bar Association, the Optimist Club, Reserve Officers, Toastmasters and a member of the Shriner’s organization.

Keith loved traveling and vacationing with his wife, daughter, and grandchildren, particularly their trips to Florida. He was a golf enthusiast, accomplished bowler and enjoyed the time he spent with his poker buddies. Keith will always be remembered for his warm smile and kind heart. Keith was loved dearly and will be missed greatly.

Keith is survived by his wife, Donna Koch, of 71 years, his daughter Deborah Koch Bentley and sonin-law David of Oklahoma City. His granddaughters, Mackenzie Bentley, and Caitlin Bentley Samis and husband Robert of Oklahoma City and Carlie Bentley of Little Rock. Keith was predeceased by his parents and siblings; Doris Jones, Wayne Koch, and Pat Morton. Additional surviving family members include Jane and Gary Ahlberg, Bob Jones, Marilyn Koch Seneff and many nieces and nephews.

I TRUST in your word, which assures me that you are my ROCK, my FORTRESS, my DELIVERER, my SHIELD, my STRONGHOLD, and my STRENGH in whom I TRUST! “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.” - Isaiah 40:31

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