Kenneth Koch

IRON MOUNTAIN – Kenneth D. “Ken” Koch, 82, of Iron Mountain passed away on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at his home.

Ken was born July 15, 1930, in Waupaca, Wis., son of the late Peter and Sonia (Floistad) Koch. He graduated from Waupaca High School in 1948. Ken was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1951 to 1953, and attained the rank of corporal.

He married Alice Baldwin on March 15, 1980, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford. Ken worked for many years as a sales representative, finishing his career with Morning Glory Foods and retiring in 1992.

He was a member of the Elks Club and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, where he served as an elder. Ken was proud to be a veteran and faithfully supported several veterans’ organizations. He enjoyed collecting coins and playing outdoor games at the cottage, which he loved. Ken was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Packers, Brewers, Tigers, Cubs, Badgers, Michigan and Michigan State. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending their sporting activities.

Ken is survived by his wife, Alice; his children, Keith (Cindy) Koch, Karri (Richard) Spletter, and Kitty (Rob) Groves; Alice’s children, Dale (Lori) Baldwin, Glenn (Kris) Baldwin, Sue Fox, Debi (Mike) Horton, Sandy (Jim) Petroff, Keith (Lisa) Baldwin and Brian (Kristie) Baldwin; a brother, Robert Koch; aunt, Elsie Gurholt; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jerry Michael, Jim Huntsman, Ron Cerasoli and Dave “Gramps” Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister-in-law, Grace Koch.

Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford. Funeral services will follow Friday at noon at the church. Rev. Thomas Mackey will officiate. The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 will conduct military funeral honors following the services at the church.

Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park in Appleton, Wis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ken’s memory.

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The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.