GIBSON, Ga. - Mr. John Edward Koch, age 82, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Laura Hadden Bragg Koch, died Thursday, November 29, 2007, at the McDuffie Regional Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2007, at the family residence in Gibson.
Mr. Koch, a native of La Porte, In., had been a Glascock County resident since 1985. He was a retired carpenter. Mr. Koch was an U.S. Army Veteran serving in WWII Luzon Philippine Island Campaign. He was awarded two bronze stars, a combat infantry badge, and a WWII victory medal. After his discharge from the U. S. Army, Mr. Koch continued his service as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve. His family said he will be remembered as a good-hearted man who was always willing to help his neighbors.
Survivors include; three daughters, Lynn Garcia, Gibson, Sheila K. Bailey, Thomson, and Sonia A. Koch, Gibson; one son, John Craig (B.B.) Koch, Thomson; one step-son, James H. Bragg, Gibson; one sister, Ellanora K. (Charlie) Wilson, Lonan, Minn.; two brothers, Herman W. E. (Pat) Koch, Hamlet, In., and Glenn Koch, Amarillo, Tex.; 18 grandchildren, Lauri D. (Chad) Aycock and Danny Lee (Tasha) Dinger, all of Thomson, Jason Tarr, Joshua Tarr, Jamie Tarr, Gregg Tarr, Jr., Keith Tarr, Jarvis Tarr, Dustian Tarr, Amanda Tarr, Kyle Tarr, Alyssa Tarr and Abigayle Tarr, all of Gibson, Robert Wineseleski, James Wineseleski, and Thomas Wineseleski, all of La Porte, In., Lucinda Garcia, of Clument City, Ill., and Jane B. (BoBo) Massey, Thomson, and many great-grandchildren.
Mr. Koch was preceded in death by a grandson, Cole Tarr, two sisters, Ruby Berg and Ruth Koch and a step-son, William H. Bragg. The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service.
Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.