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Joseph E. Koch, 81

Joseph Eugene Koch “Joe,” age 81, of Loretto, MN, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020 at home with his wife and daughters by his side.

He was born July 7, 1938, to Eugene and Christine (Arens) Koch and grew up in Loretto with his sister Betty Tomm and brother Robert “Bob” Koch.

Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather, daycare grandpa, great-grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend.

He married his bride of 59 years, Barbara (Lefebvre) August 20, 1960. By the fall of 1961 they were living in Puerto Rico, where Joe served in the Army. Once home again, Joe and Barb’s family grew with the addition of two daughters, Michelle Walters and Christine (Bryan) Deutsch; grandchildren Casey Walters, Alex Walters, Robbie Glavas, and Dan Glavas; and great-grandchild Sophia Deutsch.

He had many interests, gifts, and talents. They included fishing, woodworking, drawing, family historian, trips to Montana, singing, carving, hunting for arrowheads, creating prank gifts, one-liners, and a baby whisperer for Barb’s Daycare business.

The most valuable gift was his unwavering faith. It was plain to see in his awe and appreciation of nature; his service to others as a volunteer fireman, Lions Club president, school board member, softball coach, church choir member, cemetery grounds keeper; and in his courage and strength through pain and suffering.

With deep felt gratitude, we ask the Lord’s blessings upon all of the amazing caregivers from Guardian Angels Elim Hospise and Legacy Home Care.

A private family Mass of Christian Burial was held at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Interment will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be held for all at a later date.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minnesota.

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