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Walter Koch

May 16, 1925 - May 10, 2016

Burial Date January 1, 1970

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Walter O. “Bug” Koch, age 90, of Lima, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at St. Rita’s hospital following a brief illness. He was born May 16, 1925 at Lima City Hospital to Carl and Nora E. Jackson Koch. On August 17, 1952 he married Phyllis Ann Wallace at Walnut Grove Church near Ohio City, Ohio.
After graduating from Lima Central High School in 1943, where he participated in Golden Gloves boxing, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the escort carrier USS Wake Island CVE-65 as an Aviation Boatsman, 3rd Class Petty Officer. During his time in the Navy he traveled to Karachi, India and back, hunted German U-boats in the Atlantic sinking one, traveled to the Pacific through the Panama Canal and participated in the Invasion of the Phillippines, where he was wounded by shrapnel, and the Invasion of Okinawa, where the ship was hit by two Kamikaze aircraft. He was serving on the USS Wake Island when it became the first carrier to land a jet-propelled plane on November 6, 1945.
After his discharge in 1946, he attended Wittenberg College from 1946 to 1950 graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. He then went to Indiana University and received a master’s degree in Health and Safety in 1951. He taught at Ohio City-Liberty High School from 1951 to 1952.
Mr. Koch began his work in the Lima City Schools in 1952 and retired in 1979. He was the school’s athletic trainer and also served as a driver’s education teacher. He was one of the first high school trainers in Ohio and was inducted into the Ohio Athletic Trainer’s Hall of Fame in 1991. The Lima Senior trainers room has been named in his honor.
After retiring from teaching, Mr. Koch was the groundskeeper of Simmons Field for a number of years.
Mr. Koch was a member of Family of Faith Church formerly Epworth UMC, LIfe Member of VFW Post 1275, American Legion 96, Ohio and National Education Associations, Allen County Retired Teachers Association, Ohio Drivers Ed Association, and was a charter member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, for which he designed the first logo.
He enjoyed attending and watching sporting events, especially boxing and Lima Sr and Elida high school events, volunteering at church and the Churches United Pantry, woodworking, fishing, and talking with everyone he met.
Surviving are his wife Phyllis, 5 children: Del Rosalynn Koch of Columbia, Missouri, Paul Diane Koch of Elida, Jay Sharon Koch of Springboro, John Jennifer Koch of Findlay, and Nathan Beverly Koch of Rossford; 12 grandchildren: Aaron Lauren, fiancee, Paul Athea, Megan Ryan Dunlap, Elizabeth, Daniel, Timothy, Bethany, Stephanie, Amelia, Isaac, Kathryn, and Jasper; and 1 great granddaughter, Alivia. He was preceded in death by 5 brothers, Jack, Carl Jr, Richard, Jim, and Martin, and 2 sisters, Pauline Wilson and Dorothy Honigford.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2016 at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:30 a.m, at Family of Faith United Methodist Church, Lima, OH. with visitation one hour prior to service at the church. Rev. Jim Loescher will officiate the service.
Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery immediately following the service with military rites held by U. S. Navy and VFW Post #1275.
Memorial contributions may be made to Veterans Food Pantry or Lima Senior High School Athletic Boosters.
Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com


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