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Ernest Koch, 96 - September 03, 2008


Ernest W. Koch, 96, of Gothenburg died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Matthew Groenke and Lonna Grabenstein officiating. Burial was held at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Koch was born on June 25, 1912, at Eustis to Christian Jacob and Caroline (Gutekunst) Koch. He grew up on a family farm east of Eustis and was baptized and confirmed at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Eustis. He also attended school at Eustis.
On Dec. 27, 1936, he was united in marriage to Elnora Louise Hicken at Christ’s Lutheran Church, north of Gothenburg. To this union, three children were born.
After residing the first few years of their marriage south of Cozad, Koch and his wife moved to the Gothenburg area where they spent the rest of their lives, and where he worked in farming and agriculture.
He was a member of the American Lutheran Church, where he served on the council and was a member of the men’s double quartet.
Koch was also a member of the Cozad Gun Club where he enjoyed shooting blue rocks, according to family members. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and nature, especially watching animals and birds.
He had a good sense of humor and enjoyed joking with others, said family members.
Koch was preceded in death by: his wife, Elnora in 2003; a sister, Rose (Billie) Schurr; brother, Lorenz (Elsie) Koch; brothers- and sisters-in-law—Albert White, Albert Brockmeier, Paul Travis, Maxine Koch, Albert and Sena Ideus, Enno and Lena Schmidt, Bill and Erma Hicken, Bill and Anna Cross, Frank and Dorothy Hicken, and George and Regina Hicken; a great-great-grandchild and 10 nieces and nephews.
?Survivors include: his two sons—Marvin (Helen) of Cozad, and Loren (Mary) of Gothenburg; his daughter, Mary (Brad) Morris of Cozad; a brother, Rudy of Grand Island; three sisters—Wilma White of North Platte, Esther Brockmeier of Lexington and Elsie Travis of Kearney; 11 grandchildren—Cory (Annette) Koch, Greg (LeAnne) Koch, Linda (Jeff) Strong, Jeff (Donna) Morris, Juli Vance, Chris (Jo) Morris, Deanne Riedel, Shawn (Megan) Koch, Dustin Koch, Brandon (Lyndee) Koch and Chad Koch; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; 35 nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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