Robert Koch

Born: Fri., Jul. 8, 1938
Died: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018


11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 12, 2018
Location: Burns Mortuary

Graveside Service

10:00 AM Sat., Oct. 13, 2018
Location: Athena Cemetery

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Longtime resident, Robert “Bob” Koch, passed away October4, 2018 at home at the age of 80 years old. Bob was born in Ontario Oregon July 8, 1938. His mother Christina raised him and his 7 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 23rd, 1960, Bob married his beautiful bride Freda with whom he shared his life with 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, Great Grandson Tucker Severin. Bob is also survived by sister Nancy Bonitto and Sister-in-laws Kathy Koch and Ann Koch and many nieces and nephews. Graveside service for Bob will be Saturday October 13, 2018 at 10:0am 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

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debbie hearn
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
Doug,Kalene.Chris and Shelly; I a greatly saddened to hear of the passing of a really great man,your father........ There are no words that can express how I feel right at this moment but time shall heal all wounds. I met your mom and dad back in 1975,when I went to Pround up for the first time with your cousin(no names mentioned)and we moved p here from CA and then were married(well that did not last long,divorce)even though I was not married or in the family,your parents still trested me like i was,talked to them always,saw them in the storess and around town,would always see your dad at yard sales and would argue over what prices to pay and things that were gonna be purchased..Your family always had the attitude that everyone had a smile and no one would be unhappy at any given time,will miss him and your mom..Maybe he can help your mom with the santa claus displays all year long now in heaven and dance the time away with her laughing and smiling......Love to all.......Debbie Hearn

Fred Hodgen
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
My condolences to the family, R.I.P. Bob!

Tony and Shona Marshall
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
Our sympathies on your loss. Such a nice person. Always a story to tell. He will be missed.

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