Longtime resident Robert “Bob” Koch passed away October 4, 2018, at home at the age of 80 years old.
Bob was born in Ontario, Oregon, on July 8, 1938. His mother Christina raised him and his seven siblings. After growing up in Sunnyside, Washington, he joined the U.S. Navy as a gunners mate and served on the ships the USS Arnold J Isabell and the USS Wiltsie. Later he served in
the National Guard.
In 1960, after leaving the Navy, Bob joined the Pendleton Police Department and in 1966 he joined the OLCC where he would remain until his retirement in 1999.
On January 23, 1960, Bob married his beautiful bride Freda with whom he shared his life for 56 years, until her death in May 2016.
Bob served as a Lion’s Club member for 50 years, receiving an award for his service in 2018. He held many positions during his time with the Lion’s Club including being elected governor of Oregon District 36G in 2001. Bob was the trustee for the Oregon Lion’s Sight & Hearing Foundation for 20 years and was able to go the International Convention in Indianapolis,
Indiana. He was a proud of his accomplishments and that he was able to help others, including coaching youth sports such as Babe Ruth.
Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time outdoors.
Bob is survived by his son Ray Koch and his wife Janet; daughter Kalene Gardner and her husband Scott; daughter Chris Dietz and her husband Kelly; and Michelle Noonan. Grandkids include Allison Severin and her husband C.J., Justin Hansen and his wife Brianna, David Gadner, Monica Noonan, Luke and Sammy Jobes, Casey and Maggie Dietz, and great-grandson Tucker Severin. Bob is also survived by sister Nancy Bonitto, sisters-in-law Kathy Koch and Ann Koch, and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside service for Bob will be Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Athena Cemetery. Viewing is being held Friday, October 12, 2018, at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Robert Koch may be made to Lions Eye Bank in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.
Burns Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com