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Samuel (Joe) Joseph Koch II
Samuel (Joe) Joseph Koch II, 42, formerly of Bucyrus, residing in Kansas died unexpectedly November 26, 2012. He is the son of Carolyn (Darrell) Lewis of Bucyrus and the late Samuel J. Koch.
Sam was born September 10, 1970 in Tacoma, Washington and spent most of his childhood in Bucyrus. Sam joined the Army in 1989 and was stationed in Korea, Texas, Washington D.C., Germany and Colorado. During his service in the military, he fought in Desert Storm and was a distinguished member of the Old Guard, a regiment that is a major unit of the Military of the District Of Washington. He protected and served his country and family with bravery, honor, and loyalty. He retired from the military in 2010 and began a second career in Kansas as County Emergency Management Director. Sam made keeping that county safe a priority and worked on government grants and training exercises. Sam was a proud, hard working, and sweet man. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved telling his stories and showing off his trophies to anyone who would listen, and there were many. He was a very proud father and loved his three children with all his heart.
He is survived by his children, Kiley A. Groves of Columbus, Samuel J. Koch III, Brooke A. Koch of Kansas and their mother, Aimee (Knuth) Koch; two sisters, Kerrie (Joe) Sheaffer of Virginia, Nina (Kevin) Assenheimer of Bucyrus; and a brother, Stephen (Jena) Koch of California; three grandchildren, Seth, Riley Groves and Kendrick Mc,Dowell; nieces, Bethanie and Kasie Sheaffer, Madelyn Assenheimer, Savannah Koch; and nephews, Nate Assenheimer and Dan Koch; and his beloved dog, Esha; also surviving are many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and life-long friends, Connie Carpenter and Travis Blackburn.
A memorial service will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene, 2165 St Rt 4, Bucyrus; on December 15, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel.
Published in the Telegraph-Forum on Dec. 5, 2012