Lois R. Koch, 95, a longtime Rush County resident passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Rushville. Lois was born in Montpelier, North Dakota on Jan. 1, 1920, to the late John and Lydia (Heck) Anderson.
Lois lived her early life in North Dakota and Spokane Washington, where she was a 1938 Valedictorian graduate of Otis Orchards High School in Washington and then graduated from Teachers College in Minot, North Dakota. She moved to Marion County Indiana and then to Rush County in 1963.
Lois married Francis Koch on May 27, 1946, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1991. She was a teacher in North Dakota and Idaho. Lois also was a substitute teacher in Indiana. Lois was a member of Ben Davis Creek Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, secretary of the Missionary Society and Treasurer for over 30 years.
Lois worked shows with the Rushville Saddle Club and was past President of the Rush Co. Social Studies Club and Co-President of the Rush County Federated Club. She was a world traveler having been to 27 countries and every state in the U.S. She was involved with 12 exchange students thru I.F.Y.E for “Youth for Understanding” and ARC “Adventures in Real Communication”.
Survivors include a son Dennis Koch and wife Cathy of Rushville; a daughter Valerie and husband Kenneth Hansen of North Dakota; two grandchildren, Jay Koch and wife Daphene, Keith Koch and wife Wendy; one stepgrandson Fred Hauk; three great-grandchildren Logan, Addison and J.T.; five great-stepgrandchildren, Page Michael, George, Ian and Katie and three great-great-stepgrandchildren.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Francis; three brothers and four sisters.
Friends are welcome to visit from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19th at the Mortuary. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at Moster Mortuary, Rushville. Howard Bullard will preside. Burial will be in Rushville’s East Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ben Davis Creek Christian Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Moster Mortuary.