Edith Fern (Dennis) Koch, 97, peacefully entered Heaven’s gate on July 19, 2019 in Caldwell, ID. She was born in Chicag. Wisconsin on April 29, 1922 to George and Ida Catherine Dennis. Her mother died a few weeks after her birth and her Aunt Sarah graciously took her into her home. Mom had good memories of her time with her aunt. Sadly, Aunt Sarah died when mom was five years old and she was shuffled through several family members including some time with her dad. At the age of nine, Mom was taken in by relatives Edwin and Bertha Dayton. She attended school through eighth grade and was responsible for most of the household chores because Bertha was ill with tuberculosis. They moved to Lebanon, Oregon when Mom was about 15 years old and then to Bend, Oregon about a year later. Dad lived across the alley and his sister, Ardelle, became Mom’s best friend.
Glenn Varlyn Koch, 97, joined all those who had gone on before in Heaven on February 21, 2020 in Caldwell, ID. He was born in Kanabee Township, Minnesota on February 5, 1923 to John and Hilma (Sjoblem) Koch. He was the second of ten children. His father was a minister. Dad shared many stories of the good and difficult times growing up in a large family during the depression. During his early teenage years, the family moved to Bend, Oregon. Dad went through the 8th grade but quit school to work in construction for 25 cents an hour. He joined the Army Air Force in 1942 at the age of 19 and served in Europe during WWII doing woodworking and repairing gliders. He enjoyed sharing stories of this time with all who came to visit him. Dad loved his cars and spent many hours restoring old vehicles. He built beautiful pieces of furniture and jewelry boxes for family and friends.
After dad returned from his WWII service in Europe, he and Mom were married on October 9, 1946 in Cheney, Washington. They enjoyed 72 years of faithful and blissful marriage. Four children blessed their home and they raised their family in Portland, Oregon. Later they moved to Mulino, Oregon and then Oregon City, Oregon. Dad and Mom enjoyed traveling in their motorhome and spent several winters in Arizona making some very special friends. The last two years were spent in Caldwell, Idaho near their two daughters.
They are survived by their children, Ronald (Zenda) Koch of Oregon City, Oregon, Larry (Bonnie) Koch of Milwaukie, OR, Sharlene (Jack) Duerksen of Caldwell, Idaho, Marilyn (Randy) Jahn of nowhere in particular, 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and many extended family members. We are so grateful for Dad and Mom’s consistent love for our Lord and the example they set for our family. They will be buried together at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.
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