Vernon R. “Vern” Koch, 70, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 6, 2014, at his home in McPherson. He was retired after 35 years from the State Highway Dept. (KDOT) as a supervisor.
He was born on August 28, 1943, in Cordell, Oklahoma, the son of Ernest and Anna M. (Krause) Koch. On March 22, 1969, Vern was united in marriage to Patricia A. “Pat” Koch in McPherson, KS. She preceded him in death on January 6, 2010.
Vern served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He was a life member of the McPherson V.F.W. #2715.
Survivors include: daughter, Brenda Ford and husband, David, of Brownell, KS; brother, Glen Koch of Moundridge, KS; two grandchildren, Jennifer Ford and Allen Ford; two step-grandchildren, Sarah Cowan and Matt Ford; and beloved dog, Chester.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, four brothers, Henry, Harold, Jake, and Leo; sister, Doris Cherry; and two of the best dogs that ever lived, Brutus and Suzy.
The graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 12, at McPherson Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions may be given to the McPherson County Humane Society in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Vernon R. Koch please visit our Sympathy Store.