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Lee Koch

May 23, 1922 — January 17, 2012

Lee Koch, 89 of Chappell, Nebraska died late Tuesday evening, January 17, 2012 at the Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, January 23, 2012 in the Zion Lutheran Church in Chappell with Pastor Daniel Larson officiating. Burial will follow in the Chappell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell.

Memorials have been established to the Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh.

Lee Dietrich William Koch, the son of Henry and Louise (Reichers) Koch was born May 23, 1922 in Denver, Colorado. He moved with his family to a farm north of Chappell when he was four years old and attended country school.

On June 11, 1943 he was united in marriage to Phyliss Lyvonne Benthin at Sidney, Nebraska. To this union two children were born, Scott and Linda. They made their home on the farm where he farmed his whole life. As well as farming, he raised a few cattle and worked at the Co-op during the winter months. He lived on the farm until moving to the Garden County Nursing Home in October of 2009.

Lee was a great neighbor to everyone. He idolized his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When he was younger he enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards. He enjoyed traveling to visit relatives and friends.

Lee was a longtime member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his son Scott Koch and wife Dorothy of Chappell, NE; his daughter Linda Hargens and husband Ron of Cairo, NE; three grandchildren: Jeff Mattke of Lincoln, NE, Jenny Koch Mayfield of Burwell, NE and Breanna Koch of Chappell, NE and five Great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers: Grover and Herbert; an infant sister and a grandson David Mattke.

Holechek Funeral Home and Cremations in Chappell is serving the Koch family.
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