Robert F. (Bob) Koch
1928 - 2021
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Koch, Robert F. (Bob) 1928 - 2020 Bob Koch, was born on September 28, 1928 in Salt Lake City, Utah and passed away on December 19, 2020 at the age of 92 of heart failure in Pasadena, California. He's preceded in death by his parents, brother, sister and wife of 59 years, Barbara Hanes Koch. He came out to California to attend UCLA where he met Barbara. After graduation he started his career at Union Oil, now Unocal. His first job was pumping gas at a 76 station on Sunset Blvd. He worked his way up to being President of the real estate division. At age 59, he retired. After retirement he was able to play as much golf and tennis as he wanted. Tennis became a passion of his when he was 8. He and Barbara did a lot of traveling to many countries and attended Wimbledon and the Australian Open, which they enjoyed immensely. If you look up "generosity" in the dictionary there might be a picture of Bob. He had such a generous soul and made a big difference in many people's lives and the charities he gave to. He loved Pasadena and gave generously to Huntington Memorial Hospital and to Monte Vista Grove Homes where he spent the last 4 years of his life and died peacefully there. Westminster College in Salt Lake City knew of his generosity too. As a father and husband, he was always there for his family and was a great provider. He was a salt of the earth nice guy, smart, fair, a good listener and problem solver. Family always came first. AND, he was always the life of the party! Bob is survived by his daughter, Cindy, his son Steve (wife Coral) along with their two sons, Ryan and Randy (wife Suzan) who blessed him with great grandchildren, Brevin and Payton. If after you are grown, you think back on your father and your childhood, and you smile, you were raised by a GREAT MAN! RIP Dad, you will be missed by many! We love you. Due to COVID, a celebration of Bob's life will be planned for a later date.


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Published in Whittier Daily News on Jan. 15, 2021.
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January 16, 2021
Whenever I visited Grandpa, I was always impressed by his warmth and wit. I recall as a child seeing him knowingly smile after a silly quip, or a sweet compliment. I have fond memories of playing mini-golf, visiting the Rose Bowl, the beach, and other activities during my Pasadena visits with my brother, Randy.

As I got older, I took notice of his charitable nature and intellectual curiosity. These qualities were very inspiring for a young man like myself to witness. There was one conversation in particular that sticks out to me as we sat around the breakfast table, where he shared some of his experiences in Utah (where I was living at the time). I found him to be a very gracious host and very open to exploring many subjects of conversation with ease and interest.

I love you, Grandpa. Thank you for being a part of my life and being so kind to so many people.
Ryan Koch
Grandchild
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