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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- David Charles Koch, 74, formerly of Williamstown, died Feb, 5, 2004 at the home of his daughter in Coupeville, Wash.

Born in Auburn, N.Y. Sept. 15, 1929, the son of Ohm Paul and Esther Brainard Koch, he moved to Williamstown as a child and attended schools and graduated from the former Williamstown High School in the class of 1947. He started his athletic career with the Mighty Midgets football team in Williamstown sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church. He hosted a 50-year reunion of the Midgets in 1990; in high school, he was active in all sports.

In 1951 he graduated from Norwich University in Vermont with a commission of second lieutenant. He was a tank commander in the U.S. Army in the Korean War, leading the heroic Battle of Changsong. He was awarded a silver star, bronze star and purple heart with Oak Cluster. He was released to reserve status July 7, 1953 and was entitled to burial in Arlington National Cemetery, but preferred his beloved hometown of Williamstown between his father and mother.

He worked as assistant manager and later manager for JC Penney Co. in Connecticut and Maryland.

He Lived in Potomac and worked seven years at the U.S. Travel Service, the precursor agency of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration. At the time of his retirement he was an exposition officer and deputy director of the Office of Program Services Development. He began his career at the Commerce Department in 1958 when he joined the Census Bureau. He subsequently held various positions at other commerce agencies, including deputy assistant in the Office of Minority Business Enterprise.

His marriages to Millicent M. Koch and Anne Koch ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Kylene K. White of Woodbridge, Va.; two children from his second marriage, Jacqueline M. Koch of Coupeville, Wash. and David C. Koch Jr. of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; two sisters; a sister-in-law; two granddaughters, Courtney and Femming White; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by a brother, Joel Koch.

Services will be held at the Sherman B. Urbank Memorial Chapel May 28 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Penny Rich Smith, pastor of the Second Congregational Church, South Williamstown, officiating.

Burial will be in the family lot in Eastlawn Cemetery, with full military honors by the Richard A. Ruether Post 152 American Legion of which he was a member. A reception will follow the service at the American Legion Home, Spring Street, Williamstown.

Memorials may be made to the Fabulous Forties of Williamstown High School of which he was a driving force through the Hopkins Funeral Home, 61-67 Spring St., Williamstown, MA 01267.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 27, 2004
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