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Earl Koch

Earl Louis Koch

Saturday, June 10th, 1933 - Monday, May 11th, 2020
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Obituary

Koch, Earl Louis, age 86, of Weidman passed away Monday, May 11, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The family will receive friends during a public visitation on Thursday, May 14, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. at Clark Family Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church-Coldwater Road. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Due to the ongoing “Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order for all Michigan residents, a PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE for Earl was held at Zion Lutheran Church-Coldwater Road with Rev. Rick Tuttle officiating. . Interment followed the service in Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

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Earl was born June 10, 1933, in Ann Arbor, the son of Raymond and Bernice (Schrader) Koch. He married Mary Hicks on October 3, 1964, in Ann Arbor. Earl worked from 1977-1992 as a juvenile probation officer for Isabella County. He also served from 1972-1977 as Chief of Police for the Village of Shepherd. He was a volunteer firefighter. Earl farmed his entire life and liked to drive his tractor, especially across the Mackinac Bridge. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church–Coldwater Road. He also belonged to the Greasey Fingers 2 Cylinder Club in Big Rapids. For over 33 years Earl played Santa Claus in the Village of Weidman. He enjoyed woodworking and farming.

Earl is survived by his wife, Mary Koch of Weidman; children John (Marian) Koch of Weidman and Ron (Gloria) Koch of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren Jeff Zienkiewicz, Tyler (Breanna) Zienkiewicz, Betsy (Ryan) Martin, Travis (Sara) Quist, Sarah (Paul) Robinson, and Kenda (Daren) Gernaat; great-grandchildren Jax, Calvin, Jacob, Emilee, Nicholas, Ethan, Levi, Olivia, Conner, Marissa, Lyla, Holly, Austin, Kaylie, Leslie, Lane; and special family Jamie and Connie Smith and their children Emma and Carlie.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and great-grandson Colton.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 14th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Thursday, May 14th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Clark Family Funeral Chapel
    Address
    114 South Bradley Street
    MOUNT PLEASANT, MI 48858
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, May 14th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday, May 14th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Clark Family Funeral Chapel
    Address
    114 South Bradley Street
    MOUNT PLEASANT, MI 48858
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, May 15th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, May 15th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Zion Lutheran Church - Coldwater Road
    Address
    Officiant
    Rev. Rick Tuttle
  • Interment

    Location
    Zion Lutheran Cemetery
    Address
    2175 South Coldwater Road
    Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
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Jerry & Teri Gyde

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Nancy & Larry Vanthomme

Posted at 01:31pm
John & Marian, we were very sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Kris Schimmelpfenneg

Posted at 06:33pm
I had the honor of working with Earl during my college days while working with him @ Clark Funeral Chapel. He was a class act with many wonderful and funny stories He had a great knack for people and always found a way to make those around him laugh and feel good, including myself. I have several fond memories of Earl, and I will remember him fondly with his service to others in their time of need. He loved his family, country, God, and his wife Mary. Rest Well Good and Faithful Servant, You've earned it. My condolences to Mary, his children and grandchildren. -Kris Schimmelpfenneg
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Laura Harlow

Posted at 04:01pm
So many memories, so much fun through the years, so much love. I will miss my Uncle Earl.
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Bob Banta

Posted at 01:14pm
I was saddened to read about Earl. He was such personable man who really enjoyed people, and to serve them. What a privilege to know him. I know that he made a big difference in the lives of young people, and a true servant to the Village of Shepherd as Chief of Police. My heart goes out to Mary and children. May you know the Peace of God in the days ahead.
Sent With Love,
Bob Banta, Mt. Pleasant
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