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David George Koch


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August 26, 1920 - December 27, 2017 David George Koch died on Wednesday night, December 27, 2017, age 97, at his home in Northridge, California. David was born August 26, 1920 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to Erwin Robert "Perk" Koch and Renatta (Treager) Koch. He had two younger sisters, Dawn (Baldree) and Ruth (Zarr). Ruth died on Aug. 11, 2000 and Dawn on October 18, 2017. David graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc in 1937, and from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1942, in Electrical Engineering. David worked for RCA (Radio Corporation of America) before finishing his senior year at university, and went to work for RCA in Newark, New Jersey after graduation. On August 12, 1944, David married his high school sweetheart, Jeanette Rose (Roeder) Koch in a small ceremony in New Jersey. At RCA, he worked on radar to support the United States war effort. He also enlisted in the National Guard, where he was assigned to a cavalry regiment (yes, riding horses and training to repulse an invasion by Nazi forces). After World War II, David continued to work for RCA until 1961, finally working in the marketing department; working for James Cooper, who became a lifelong friend, and along with his wife, became Uncle Jim and Aunt Sue to David's sons. Both David and Jeanette loved nature and travelling; they would take the boys camping on the way to visit relatives in Wisconsin from New Jersey. Steven was just about 6 months old when he did his first camping trip. In 1961, David was recruited by Litton Industries of San Carlos, California. He was happy with his boss, James Cooper, but the people at Litton were persistent and kept raising their offers. Finally, he and Jeanette went to California and bought a house in Los Altos. After a few years of this, David decided the stress was too much. He left Litton. RCA offered him a job that let his family stay in their house and schools in Los Altos, and he took that. David loved to dance and here they tried square dancing. They became members to 7 different square dance clubs (a total of 35 years), including the Valley Trailers. In 1974, a promotion at RCA moved them to Northridge, CA, where they lived for the rest of their lives. They immediately came to Northridge United Methodist Church as referred by a friend. In 1978, David retired from RCA, for several months, before taking a position as a Manufacturer's Rep. with Dave Frost, Inc. He visited companies, mainly manufacturing firms, and proposed solutions to various problems they had. He finally retired for good after 5 years with Frost in 1982. After retiring, he and Jeanette continued travelling and camping where they met wonderful people who became their good friends. By this time, David had a camping trailer and enjoyed camping with friends. One especially nice couple, Bob & Shirley Graham, became their travelling companions to Europe, Asia and South America. In 2009, Jeanette finally saw her only grandson Coriolis for only a few months, passed away on April 25. David, inspired by being a grandfather, continued camping with Steven and his family until he just turned 97 years old. Survivors include his sons, Richard and Steven, daughter-in-law Lourdes, and grandson, Coriolis. A memorial service will be held at 1PM on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA 91324, where David and Jeanette had been members since moving to Southern California in 1974.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2018
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