COLORADO — Richard Eugene (Gene) Koch, 93, Colorado, formerly of Rochester and Logansport, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
Gene was born Oct. 31, 1920, in Rochester. He was the son of Frank and Margaret Koch and the brother of Clifford, Ted, Isabel, Altha, and Margaret, all of whom preceded him in death.
During his final months he spent more and more time reflecting on his childhood in Rochester and his World War II military days with the Army Air Corps while stationed around the U.S., then in England and finally in France.
He especially loved reminiscing about his numerous friends in Logansport. He missed Indiana and the farm life and was so fortunate to have made one last trip there in October of 2013. Gene and wife Jessie moved to Morrison, Colo., in December 2009 in order to be closer to children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
His son Gary moved into the family home where he still resides with wife Deborah, daughter Savannah Willis, and son Jesse Willis. Gary’s son Ted Koch lives in Pennsylvania and daughter Amy Koch in California. Gene’s daughters Pam Finnegan (Steve Sumner) and Lyn Ewert (Dan), both of Colorado, were nearby after Gene and Jessie moved to the Front Range and had the joy of sharing firsthand their final years.
Gene also delighted in having so many grandchildren and great-grandchildren close by in Colorado. Jason Finnegan (Celia) and daughters Lily and Eva spent every Sunday with grandpa/great-grandpa. Grandchildren Shannon Finnegan, Aaron Sumner, Alex Ewert and Krista Ewert (Davide Deidda) were frequent visitors.
If you met him, you remembered him. We lost our loving dad, grandfather, great-grandfather in the spring of this year. It was a difficult passage for him, but true to his nature he was joking and sharing stories with family, friends and home hospice caregivers to the very end. We children always joked that our dad was a happy goblin.