Stephen A. Koch, 71, of Worthington passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, at MercyOne in Dubuque, Iowa.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. The American Legion Post #137 will gather for a service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, Iowa with burial at St. Francis cemetery in Dyersville. Rev. Douglas Loecke will officiate and Rev. Dennis Quint will concelebrate.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy, children: Mary (Kurt) Mrowicki of Chicago, Terry (Pam) Koch of Minneapolis, Julie (Dennis) Womer of Dyersville, Steven (Jessica) Koch of St. Mary’s, PA, David (Amy) Koch of Eldridge, Michael (Katie) Koch of Ames, Kevin (special friend, Alyssa Anderson) Koch of Dubuque, grandchildren: Max and Parker Koch; Aidan, Lillian, and Rachel Womer; Colton Koch; Liam, Charlie, and Henry Koch, siblings: Janet Westhoff of Manchester, Jerry (Jeanine) Koch of Dyersville, Ken (Diane) Koch of Petersburg, Carol (Jim) Cole of Hopkinton, in-laws: Janet (Don) Schmitt of Holy Cross, Joan (Les) Feldmann of Rickardsville, John Decker, Larry (Trudy) Decker both of Sherrill, Ann (Andy) Baumann of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews, including his goddaughter, Vicki Ries of Earlville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, Lawrence and Loretta Decker,
brother, Robert “Bob” Koch, in-laws: June Decker in infancy, Walter Westhoff, nephew, Joe Koch, niece, Tricia Yauk.
Steve was born September 11, 1947, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Lawrence and Julanda (Osterhaus) Koch. He married Kathy Decker on August 14, 1971 at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, Iowa.
He was a Graduate of St. Peter & Paul grade school in Petersburg, St. Boniface High School in New Vienna. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Loras College with a history and teaching degree in 1970. He was a member of the St. Paul’s Worthington, spires of faith cluster where he was a eucharistic minister and lector for many years. He earned the Religious Leader Award from the Dyersville Jaycees in 1974. He was an active supporter of St. Paul’s Elementary and Beckman Catholic High School including serving on both Boards.
He served as the Dubuque County Farm Bureau President. He enjoyed coaching numerous years in the Worthington Little League.
He was a proud Veteran of the US Army Reserves 389th Engineering Battalion based in Dubuque. He was a member of the American Legion Post#137. He served as a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus in Dyersville. He always looked forward to playing cards with friends from the American Legion.
He started his career as a carpenter from an early age helping his brothers Jerry and Bob, while he worked through college. He later built the family home on the farm. He worked on the Field of Dreams and Miles from Home movie sets. Taught at Beckman from 1971-1976, leaving to focus more on family and farming. He farmed south of Worthington for 44 years raising livestock and crops. While farming, he also worked as a Farley Rural Letter Carrier for over 25 years.
Steve was an avid sports fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Indians, Iowa Hawkeyes, and the local teams including his grandchildren’s sports team. He enjoyed playing cards with friends and family, traveling locally and abroad, joking and telling stories, and spending time with friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a memorial fund in Steve’s memory which will include a gift to Beckman Catholic High School.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.