Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

Keith Elton Koch, 92, of Tremont died at 7:35 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.

Born Oct. 16, 1920, in rural Mackinaw to Elmer and Cora Koch, he married Lillian E. Lindenfelser on Aug. 17, 1946, in East Peoria. She died July 21, 2012.

Surviving are one daughter, Ellen Becker of Pekin; one son, Timothy (Vera) Koch of Tremont; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Larry (Shirley) Koch of East Peoria; brothers-in-law, Stuart (Jean) McKneight of Pekin, Earl (Evelyn) Lindenfelser of Armington; and sisters-in-law, Nola Koch of Tremont, Mary (Earl) Brown of Morton, and Alma Steffen of Washington.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Steven Koch; two sisters, Imogene Lindenfelser and Shirley Tiffan; brother, Clinton Koch; five brothers-in-law, Ed Steffen, Carl Tiffan, Leonard, Lloyd and Arthur Lindenfelser; and three sisters-in-law, Esther Miller, Velma LaCost and Ulla McKneight.

He retired from Caterpillar Inc. in 1981 after working 42 years. He began his career as a machinist apprentice. He became a Research Design Engineer for various groups, retiring as an engineer in the Tire Manufacturing Facility.

Keith also served in the United States Navy during WWII.

He was a member of Northfield Christian Fellowship in Tremont, where his funeral was Oct. 24. The Rev. Don Stuber officiated. Visitation was Oct. 23 at the church. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery in Tremont.

Davis Mortuary in Tremont is handling the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Tremont FIRST Robotics Team 2481 or the Tremont Educational Foundation.

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