Brent W. Koch
Koch, Brent W. Age 22 Of Morton Died on Friday, June 16, 2006 in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, while serving his country. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 26, 2006 at 10:00 am at Cedar Mountain High School in Morgan with burial in the Elm Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2:00 until 8:00 pm at the Nelson-Martin Funeral Service in Redwood Falls and will continue at the school one hour prior to the service on Monday. A community prayer service will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 7:00 pm at the National Guard Armory in Redwood Falls and everyone is welcome. In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials. Nelson-Martin Funeral Service is handling arrangements. Brent William Koch was born on October 7, 1983, in St. James, Minnesota, the son of Kevin and Valerie (Loft) Koch. He resided with his family in Franklin, and was confirmed in May, 1999 with his best friend, Keith. He attended Cedar Mountain High School, graduating in 2002. Brent furthered his education at Southwest Technical College in Jackson, graduating in June, 2005. Brent did farming for Ed Gaasch, and also did construction for BKC Construction for three years. He has served in the National Guard from February, 2003 until June, 2006. Brent played trumpet in the Cedar Mountain High School Band. He was the guy who played "Taps" at the Memorial Day observance. His hobbies included riding dirt bike, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and trapping. Brent is survived by his father; Kevin Koch of Franklin, his mother; Valerie Koch of St. Louis Park, a step-sister Lindsay Gaasch of St. Louis Park, grandparents; Lowell and RoseAdelle Koch of St. James, William and Barbara Loft of Trego, WI; aunts and uncles; Brian Koch of Rapid City, SD, Terry Koch and wife, Lori of St. James, Becky Sandmeyer and husband, Mark of St. James, Angela Loft of Stillwater, MN, William Loft of Somerset, WI, great grandmother; Erma Fritz of St. Paul, a special friends Ed Gaasch of Morton, Deb Holmes of Olivia, and numerous cousins and friends. Brent was preceded in death by his great grandparents, and two cousins; Tylor and Nicholas Loft.
  
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Prayers for the family. And a big Thank You to Brent for sacrificing his life for our country. R.I.P.
Tammy Rock
June 16, 2014
Hello,
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Koch Family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to troops in Afghanistan this week and we'll be dedicating several of these to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and the hometown of Brent W. Koch US Army Specialist. We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals from across the American youth hockey community. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
December 20, 2013
To the family of Sgt. Brent W. Koch:

As you may know, the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation has honored your loved one at its Memorial Day Sunday worship service (each year in May) … since the time of your fallen hero's ultimate sacrifice. We will continue to pay tribute to our nation's veterans … lest we ever forget!

Now we would like to honor you … as the next-of-kin … who have also paid a great price on the altar of liberty. On Sunday 29 September at 11:00 a.m. we will host a Gold Star Family Sunday.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship … as we pay tribute to your sacrifice. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel-Retired) Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “By Dying, We Live.” The special music will be the husband/wife vocal/piano — Wickman Duo. Following the worship experience, your family is invited to attend a social time in our Fellowship Hall … with some light refreshments.

As this historic chapel has limited seating, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
Leila Campbell
August 19, 2013
To the family of Sgt. Brent W. Koch:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2013. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each 8-foot cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Freedom:Free, but Costly.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and there place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel. The Memorial Garden will remain until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 May (Memorial Day).

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/286-7296) or email the office ([email protected]) and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 25 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday, 26 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
May 4, 2013
Hey Brent yesterday was memorial day.. i miss you each and every day. It breaks my heart that you aren't here with all of us anymore. Yesterday was an amazing day. The Harley's were rumbling on by they made me think about you i had a big smile on my face. It was a beautiful memorial day, honoring all the fallen heroes.I know you are still here with all of us each and every minute. I think about you so much. You were like a brother to me.. i think to myself i lost the most amazing"brother" anyone could have. We will all reunite again someday. I can't wait to see you again and give you a huge hug. You are one of my guardian angels. I love you forever & always i just wanted to let y ou know that. I miss you tons!
Taylor Moore
May 29, 2012
To the family of Sgt. Brent W. Koch:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 27 May 2012. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served the United States and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 20, 2012
To the family and friends of Sgt. Brent W. Koch:
Please accept my remembrance of Brent on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
June 16, 2011
To the family of Sgt Brent W Koch:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May 2011. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 200 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one. The Memorial Garden’s perimeter will be manned by members of the Patriot Guard and a honor guard from AMVETS Post #1 of Mendota will be posted at the entrance.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of our nation’s wars.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “A Believer’s Look at War.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 28 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 29 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
May 11, 2011
Hey Brent how are you bud? You are truly and amazing angel my guardian and watching down on all of us! I miss your beautiful smile and your big blue eyes!!! Thank you for your sacrafice. I always think about you each and every day you had a journey well keep going i have alot of faith in you Brent!! you lived your dreams! I love you forever and always!!<3
Taylor Menk
January 14, 2011
Hey Brent,

Still think about you tons! You have made me a lot stronger and I know you are watching down over all of us with that Smile of yours that could get anything...Thanks for visiting me continuously :)
XoXO *jack*
December 15, 2010
Thinking about you each and everyday! KMS ride was an amazing day.. so many bikes and people.. it was crazy! You are one of five amazing guys that we were honored to ride for that day! You all have brought together such an amazing thing! Thank you for always watching down on us.. we miss you and love you each day! Love ya, Dani
Danielle Lenz
August 24, 2010
Dear Brent,

Its been very hard for me living my life without you ive been thinking about you sience the day you passed away you are in my heart. You are a very special person to everyone you were very strong, brave, you had alot of strength to go fight for our country. Rest in peace bud love you will never stop thinking bout you!!!

God Bless You, Love Taylor
Taylor Moore
August 17, 2010
Brent i miss YOU SO MUCH you were like my big brother i love you SOO MUCH its not right without having you in my life anymore. You were so many peoples hero you took a risk but you saved our country you will never be forgotten and you will always be missed you are my special angel ive never meet anyone like you and noone will ever replace you!

God Bless you Brent, Love Taylor
Taylor Moore
August 17, 2010
Remembering Brent
June 17, 2010
To the family and friends of Sgt. Brent W. Koch:
Remembering Brent on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
June 16, 2010
Miss you ALOT bro, think about you everyday. Wish you were gonna be here when Megan and I have our baby in december... Your friendship was truly one that will never be replaced, we went through everything under the sun together and I will never forget the respect and loyalty between us.. Gonna have alot to catch up on when I get there so keep the beer on ice and the white russian's stirred up... Love and Miss you always.Rest easy
Ryan Robinson
June 16, 2010
Miss you Brent thank you for your sacfrice you were a great person we will never forget you
natasha okins
June 13, 2010
To the family of Sgt. Brent W. Koch:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 30 May 2010. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses to represent all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “A Day of Remembrance.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception; weather permitting will be outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 29 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 30 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 28, 2010
Hey Brent, Thinking of you today and always! Really missing you as Fall rolls around, knowing how much you enjoyed it :) Keep watching over us~ Love Always!
Jackie
September 13, 2009
Hey Cousin,

Just wanted to drop in and say thank you for your sacrafic. I miss you and love you each day! You will never be forgotten! Sending lots of hugs to heaven! ove ya, Dani
September 11, 2009
HeY CoUsIn :)
FoOtBaLl season is just beginning! Missing ya today and everyday! Not a day goes by that I don't think about you, please keep watching over all of us! Until we meet again.. sending lots of love to heaven ~ Love ya, Dani
Danielle Lenz
August 28, 2009
Not a day goes by that you are not thought of! You are missed more than you can ever imagine!!!!! Take it easy and keep your smile..... looking forward to meeting up with you again!! Love ya kid!
July 29, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Brent W. Koch:
Brent gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
June 16, 2009
Hey Brent, Three years and still missing you more than ever. Hope you still have your big smile on everyday! Until we meet again, please continue to watch down on all of us. Know that you are never forgotten. Sending lots of love to heaven~ Love ya, Dani
Danielle Lenz
June 16, 2009
...RIP Sgt Brent W Koch 1983-2006...3 years today and it still feels like yesterday ? We will never forget you!
Stephanie Francis
June 16, 2009
Two years have come and gone today and you are not forgotten.
Ryan Augustin
June 16, 2009
SIR I Thank You For My FREEDOM
Chris Dahl
April 29, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Brent W. Koch:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 24 May 2009. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “Answering the Highest Call.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception in the Chapel’s Fellowship Hall.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 23 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 24 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 27, 2009
Brent, thinking of you everyday! Miss you tons!
Love always-Jackie
April 10, 2009
We miss you and love you! Thinking of you! Please keep watching down on us :)
Dani and Matt
April 9, 2009
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Sincerely,
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Kenna Larra
April 7, 2009
Hey Brent, thinking of you everyday! Today we were driving and saw a tractor hauling grain, and on the trailer was 'Brent' You'd be proud! :) Not a day goes bye that you aren't thought of, miss you down here! Love you!
Danielle Lenz
November 18, 2008
God Bless You Koch. Thanks for everything you've done. Never forget you Brent. - Erik, C 1-194
Erik Sogge
November 15, 2008
Brent,
Happy Birthday in Heaven. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Michael Iezzi
October 7, 2008
Brent~ We all miss you so much. Rest Easy & I can't wait to see you again someday....

Love Always
Jackie
August 22, 2008
Thinking of you today and everyday! This weekend we went on a ride in your memory.. About 20 bikes.. It was a beautiful day! YOu are missed and loved! Keep watching over us! Love you!

Dani
Danielle Lenz
June 18, 2008
Brent,
Thinking and praying for you on the 2nd anniversary of your passing into eternal glory. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends", John 15:13.
Michael Iezzi
June 17, 2008
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.


The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”


I did not know Brent, but I am remembering
his service. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
www.donconoscenti.com
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008


The Other Side –
http://tinyurl.com/3o8gol



Sincerely,

Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom and MIL

Remembering The Fallen – Blog
http://tinyurl.com/3z8p55

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
http://tinyurl.com/6gey8b
June 16, 2008
Brent, you are missed so much! I think of my memories with you each and every day! Keep watching over us~ God Bless You.

Love, Jackie
Jackie Serbus
June 1, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Sgt Koch!
May 30, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Brent W. Koch:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 25 May, 2008. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “The Price of Freedom” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat. 24 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun. 25 May, a “PrayerVigil for Peace” will be held. You are invited to stop by and light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden, then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 28, 2008
Father we entrust our brother Brent to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Brent in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy.
Michael iezzi
March 4, 2008
Hi Brent,

Just wanted to say hi! Miss you each and everyday! I hope you are doing well!! Its been super cold here! So I hope you are in the sun!! :o) I can't explain how much you are missed!! I love you!
February 21, 2008
Just a note to let you know how much you are missed! I think of you each and everyday ~ Keep watching over all of us ~ we need your guidance here on earth..... I am so looking forward to the day I can see you again!!! Love you!
January 6, 2008
Hi Brent!! Merry Christmas!!! We love you very much and miss you more than ever! Today we spent time with your dad, he is doing great! You would be proud! We think of you always and wish you could be with us!! We love you!
Dani and Matt
December 25, 2007
Hi Brent,
Just wanted you to know how much I miss you everyday! I love you very much!
December 14, 2007
Brent,

There isnt a day that goes bye that I don't think about you! We all missed you over Thanksgiving! I know you are watching down on all of us! I love you!
November 26, 2007
I will always remember Brent as a great soldier and man. His present will always be with me in the future. The Admin guy from his unit in Iraq.
Mike Dykhuis
November 11, 2007
brent we never met before but in gods eyes we all are related in a way I know your family and we all are thankful you served for us
sam page
November 7, 2007
Happy Birthday Brent~ We all miss you soo much. We partied up for you and you woulda been proud ;)

"A HERO is someone who has given their life to something bigger than oneself. HEROES never die, they live on forever in our hearts and minds."

Love always, Jackie
Jackie Serbus
October 7, 2007
Brent, Not a day goes by I don't think about your great smile, even if you didn't feel like it. I MISS THAT ALOT!!!!!!! But I'm sure your smiling down on all of us each day! Just wanted to check in and let you know your loved and missed!!!!!!! Love, Deb
deb
October 3, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 18, 2007
Sgt. Brent W. Koch
you are my hero
may god keep you in his arms forever.
Gary Allain
August 6, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Sgt Koch and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 30, 2007
brent always knew how to make everyone who came in contact with him smile no matter what. this past year has not been the same without seeing his face. you will never be forgotten and your altimate sacrifice will always be felt. god bless you for all you did.
June 23, 2007
Hi Ang, I saw your entry and I have thought about you and Val often this past year. Hope you are both ok and know that I am thinking of you guys. Everytime a new post comes up i read it, obviously Brent turned out to a very fine person and alot of people have really great things to say about him. I only knew him was he was little when we all hung out. But please if Val is not reading this let her know I am thinking of you guys....Love Shelly
Shelly Bowling
June 17, 2007
I remeber the baby with the huge blue eyes and the wild black hair. Always smiling. The fearless teenager, determined not to be outdone. The charming, hansome young man. He walked into a room and everyone smiled. He always had a grin, just waiting to see what adventure would be next. This is the young man we lost. He was a hero to all, but he was so much more to those who knew him. He will be forever missed, but always close in our heart.
Love Auntie.
angie loft
June 17, 2007
It has been one year ago today we lost you..time passes..seasons change but it is my hope we continue to remember and tell the stories that make us smile. To remember your smile..your eyes..your personality! To continue to honor your comrades in war and to honor you always. We will always remember you Brent!!!
Linda (Gaasch) U'Ren
June 16, 2007
Brent, One year ago today we lost a very special soldier,hero,friend and loved one. Yes you are gone but never will you be forgotten.Love and miss you lots.

Deb
Deb
June 16, 2007
I wish to say how sorry I am that Sgt. Koch lost his life in war. I work with our American Vets and Soldiers. I am and always will be in awe of their sacrifice for all of us. God Bless all of you, with sorrow, and honor for your son and friend, Michele
Michele
June 1, 2007
Kevin: We think of you and Brent often and especially today being Memorial Day. May your memories continue to bring you comfort.
Mary & Wayne Zimmerman
May 28, 2007
I love you Brent. My heart breaks every day, at least once a day, when I think of you. I tell Dalton about you all of the time and he thinks American Flags are for you. You brought a sunshine into our lives that will never be replaced. I know you are with us because you would never leave us and we would never leave you. I am so proud of you, not only for being a soldier, but mostly for being one of the best people anyone has ever had the blessing to know. I love you and you will never be forgotten. Words cannot express the love we have for you or the pain feel for your loss, or the thanks we have for having you in our lives.
Lesley Robinson
May 28, 2007
Brent, you always had a smile on your face! you are a true hero and we all love you! God bless you and your family, lots of love...
Laura Billmeier
May 6, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Brent W. Koch:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 27 May, 2007. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org
If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 12, 2007
There has not been one hour of a day that you haven't been in my mind.It's just not right not havin you around. You were the best friend I could ever have,I am honored to have known you.I am greatful that we got to do all the things we did.Love ya kid,you'll be a part of my life forever.I'll see ya on the otherside Bro.
Ryan Robinson
April 6, 2007
A day has not gone by that I haven't thought about you, you are missed soooo much here on earth but we know now that you are doing a great job watching over your buddies that are still serving our country!! Thanks for taking great care of them and watching over their backs!! Its hard to believe that 9 months has gone by, everyday you are thought of and missed dearly. I know that you are being a great helper to our lord, like they say for some reason he always takes the good ones! I know in my heart you are doing just great... but never forget that you are missed dearly here on earth!!!!! Love you kid.......... You were the best kid ever!!!

Someone who will hold you close in their heart forever!!!!
March 22, 2007
Brent~I miss you so much! Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I know you are watching over all of us each day. Can't wait until I get to see you again! You are my hero. I love you!
Danielle Lenz
March 19, 2007
A day doesn't pass that you are not thought of..... my heart will hurt forever......you are sadly missed but I will never forget your great determination, and your beautiful smile and your eyes!! You are missed here on earth.. but am looking forward to meeting up again someday with you. Will love you forever!

Someone who holds you close in her heart!!

Proud of you everyday... You are a HERO!!
March 14, 2007
“Soldier”
Written to Honor the Service of Our Fallen Soldiers

Soldiers write history, we pay the price
Many miles distant, you live the life
Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still

We hope and pray that all will find peace
In God, in the flag, in memories of valor
Gone now, our pride and courage you see
“An Army of One” our motto forever

Willing to risk all for love of our Brothers
We’re still Your Soldiers…and we showed the way
Our Lives too short, now pray for the others
Lived free died Heroes in lands far away

Deep within souls all cherished our Service
We’ll always have what some never know
Courage and Honor, our names forever
Lived life with purpose…just our time to go

We march in the Heavens with Honor and Glory
Missions accomplished we fought the Good Fight
Many years from now…we’ll tell the full story
Until that Day we will live in the Light

Our lives we laid down in a land far away
Still watching o’er you this night and by day
No need to talk…just know we are with you
There in your hearts and we hear what you pray

Yes we are your soldiers
Our lives we laid down
Still We guard o’er you
Still Duty bound

Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still
We’ll always have what some never know
Lived life with purpose…it was our time to go
Glen
February 21, 2007
Brent~You are missed more and more everyday. You ment so much to so many. We know you're watching over us and smiling down with your *great* smile!

**Life may be short, but memories are forever**
Jackie Serbus
January 25, 2007
Dear Brent,
I still miss you a lot and think about you all the time and I want to let you know that you are my special angel. I still write you special notes that I keep in my room and by your pictures. Love, Taylor
Taylor Moore (8)
December 19, 2006
I did not get to know you all that well, but all the stories sound like you. please brent i know you will help. keep a watch over all the troops and bring them home safely. We love you and miss you!!! god bless your family and friends this holiday season, you will be remembered for ever
Lienig
December 6, 2006
Brent, I Do Believe that you recieve these messages in heaven so I thought I would send ya one. You are missed and loved everyday by us and so many others. I pray for your family during the holiday season,it will be hard without you but with Gods loving arms around them they will have peace. So I end by saying merry christmas and we LOVE and MISS YOU LOTS!!!!!!! Deb & Chad
Deb
November 28, 2006
sorry for your lose. brent will always be in our hearts
November 8, 2006
Brent-
You were loved by us all and you always will be. I am proud of you and i will always miss you.
Lesley Robinson
October 22, 2006
we will always remember you as you were younger growing up. we miss you alot and we thank you for serving our country.
September 8, 2006
Brent,
My mom told me that when I was little and walking home from school, she would always ask who was walking behind me, and I would reply "Duh mom, that's Brent Koch." I think that from the few times we talked, that is how I still describe you. I will always remember Danny and Carly's wedding when you made it a point to come say hello to me (whether you remember me or not) and you made it seem like we had known each other for YEARS! I will never forget your beautiful smile, and those shining eyes. Thanks for making the ultimate sacrifice, and I know you and Judy will always be with Keith as he goes back to Iraq. Not a day goes by where I don't thank you from down here for what you did for not only me, but the rest of the country. Thank you! God be with your family and the troops still serving and their families.
Anika Grejtak
September 7, 2006
Your the best friend any guy could have. You were always there. You always made everyone laught even if they weren't happy or feeling good. You were great and you still are. I will never forget you!
Dan Menk
August 21, 2006
The Lord is so lucky to have such a bright shining star by his side. God bless you and your family. You will never be forgotten.
August 7, 2006
I've read a lot about Brent on the internet and in the papers. Sounded like a great kid. I'm so sorry for your loss.

From a brother who lost one of his in Iraq,
Joe Vanderbosch
July 25, 2006
Our prayers and thoughts are with you.. To see a son/brother/friend lost in that way is a tragedy, at the same time, be proud of your son, he was a great guy... All our prayers and wishes are with you..

love,
friends of Josh Day
Megan Hanson
July 19, 2006
To the family of Sgt. Brent W Koch,
We are very sorry for your tremendous loss. Our thought and prayers are with the family of Brent.
We pray you are surrounded with the love of God and comfort of loved ones at this time of sadness and grief.
We have been blessed to have such a special, corageous young man protect our country. We truly appreciate his courage,honor, commitment and sacrifice in serving our country. He is a true hero in our eyes and should never be forgotten.
Our heartfelt sympathy,
Dave & Kelly Yocum

Matthew 11:28
Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Dave & Kelly Yocum
July 15, 2006
Brent thank you for all the great memories. You will never be forgotten by me or my wife. I can't thank you enought for your ultimate sacrifice. You were a great soldier and a great friend.
Jesse and Michelle Lund
July 10, 2006
Val, we are so very sorry for your loss. Please let us know if we can do anything...

Jim & Sandy O.
Jim & Sandy Ostrander
July 5, 2006
i didnt know you very well but i still know you, you were a great freind and son, you were like a brother to Lance, he looked up to you. you are a one of a kind person...the kind that would do anything for good... i never really understood what a hero was before, i know that everyone could be one...but you were something else...a special hero that had it all...thanx for our freedom, we will never forget you...you are a ture HERO...
Shane C.
July 2, 2006
Brent you your a great friend to me and you were like a brother to me and you will always be that to me. It will be hard with out you but i no you are waching us and i just want to say i love and i miss you and i will see you again. love ya butty***
Mattea Lucio
July 2, 2006
Brent, thank you for being our hero, thank you for ensuring my grandchild will continue to enjoy her freedom. I know you are with God and are at peace. Words could never thank you enough. You are truly our hero. Forever my hero.

To Brent's family, I, as a USACE civilian, working at Ali Air Base, Camp Adder, Iraq, see the faces of all these young men and women and it brings tears to my eyes. Most of them look like babies to me but they are true heros. These kids are here fighting for our freedom and no words could ever express my thankfulness to these young people. I know you, Brent's family, are very proud of him and rightfully so - we are very proud too.

It was an honored to attend his memorial services here in Iraq and I was proud to wear my uniform in honor and respect for Brent. The services were beautiful and very touching - They will always be instilled in my mind and heart. This was the first military memorial service I attended and I am glad I did. I somehow feel close to Brent - No, I never met this young hero of mine but he will forever be in my heart and never forgotten.

God bless and keep all of you. With the deepest respect and regrets, Edmay P. Mayers, USACE, Admin Asst, Base Camp Adder, Iraq
Edmay Mayers
July 1, 2006
To Brent and his family;
I knew Brent from earlier years at Cedar Mt., but I had visited with him the night before they left for training. I gave him a hug and told him to stay safe. I only wish that would have been true. Brent, you are an amazing young man. Everything I have read in this guest book is true. You are a hero and a very special person. Thank you for serving our country so we can live better. My thoughts are with your family in this time of sorrow. My prayers are with you all. I am honored to have known you.
Sandy Larsen
June 29, 2006
The thoughts and prayers of a greatful nation are with you during this difficult time.
Active Duty Air Force (Minnesota Native)
June 28, 2006
Brent,
You are probably looking down at us now, and looking down you see the sadness, but underneath that sadness, we are very, VERY, proud of you in all that you have done. God bless your soul. you will never be forgotten.
Liz- (sad person) S.
June 28, 2006
On that day, that one dreadful day a piece of our puzzle was lost, an innocent heroic young man was killed. he should have lived. he never got to get married, or have kids. he could make anyones bad day a good one just by his smile.
sad person
June 27, 2006
Brent,
Your smile and spirit could light up a room ... you will be missed and remembered often. May your family be comforted by the Prince of Peace during this sad time. Thank you for your sacrifice while serving our country.
Stacy (Hoffbeck) Kron
June 27, 2006
Dear Koch Family, No words can adequately comfort you during this painful time but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers especially during these next few weeks and months ahead, when life has to go on. I want to thank Brent for protecting so many, for giving so much for our freedom. Thank you, as his family, for allowing him to go and serve us, his country. And to Sgt. Koch, I honor you. You are a hero in my eyes. You will never be forgotten. We owe you for our children's freedom as well as our own. You are loved.
May you rest peacefully in the light of God's love.
Blessings,
Jennifer Hackett
June 27, 2006
Dear Kock Family: Thank you for your sacrifice and our prayers go out to you for your comfort and healing at this difficult time. I and my family want to share our support for you and Brent and his mission. God's love and peace. The Hegartys
Gary
June 27, 2006
Dearest Family and Friends,
There are no words to ease your pain, I know. I just wanted to let you know that prayers are being said for you and your loved ones. Prayers are being said for those sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters and uncles and aunts still in Iraq. May God's loving arms enclose you at this heart-breaking time.
Anne St. Armstrong
June 27, 2006
To the Koch family -
Having lost a son I know the pain you are now feeling is unbearable. I hope and pray for peace for you all.
Robin Jackson
June 26, 2006
Brent~
You had a lot of love today.. I just hope that your family saw how many people love you and them and are also here for them as their support.. I knew that you were with us today to watch over us when the dove was let off by your dad went to sit on the Cedar Mountain sign at school.Morgan, Franklin, Redwood Falls, and Morton lost a great person.. you will be miss greatly..
We miss you and love you!
In Memory of Brent please pray for his family and the remaining troops and their families.. god bless
Samantha Huiras
June 26, 2006
Thanks Brent for all what you did for us!! Your a true hero!! WE ALL MISS U VERY MUCH!!!
Morgan Rankin
June 26, 2006
Brent is truly a hero to all. My heart goes out to his family. I couldn't even begin to understand your pain. Just know, he will always be watching out for you. He will be greatly missed.
Stephanie Cornw
June 26, 2006
Thank you
T Larsen
June 26, 2006
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