Melvin Koch, 89 of Remsen, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Melvin was born, Feb. 24, 1922, on the Koch family farm at rural Remsen, the son of Ernest and Anna (Klaschen) Koch. Melvin was raised and educated in the Remsen area. He attended Henry Township Country School for elementary grades and graduated from Remsen Public High School in 1939. He then went into farming with his parents.
He married Jeanette Ortmann on Aug. 17, 1948, at Remsen. They then took over the operation of the family farm that became the Koch century farm. Melvin and Jeanette retired on the farm in 1985 and moved into Remsen in 1992.
Melvin was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.
He enjoyed ushering and counting collection at St. Mary's Church. He volunteered with Oscar Cash, maintained the St. Mary's grotto and delivered Meals on Wheels.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette, of Remsen; three sons and their wives, Gene and Diane, of Fort Dodge, Dave, of Omaha, Neb., and Jim and Stephanie, of Lake Ozark, Mo.; three daughters and their husbands, Paula and Marvin Roder, Joanne and David Jahn, all of Sioux City, and Mary and Tom Klein, of Waukee; 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son in infancy; two sisters, Miss Charlotte Koch and Minnie Schmitt and her husband, Alfred.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen, with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating and the Rev. Terry Roder concelebrating. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Remsen. Visitation was anytime after 2 p.m. Sunday, with a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer services at 7 p.m., followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary, all at the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Casketbearers will be Michael, Daniel, Andrew, Zach and Hunter Koch, Steve and Jeff Roder and Mitchell Klein.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.