Luke W. Koch, 58


Luke W. Koch, 58, of West Bend, passed away at home the morning of April 27, 2011, and went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was surrounded by his devoted and loving family.

Luke was born Aug. 20, 1952, in West Bend, to Paul and Lucille F. (nee Johnson) Koch. He graduated from West Bend High School in the class of 1970. On May 10, 1980, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary H. Johnson, at Trinity Lutheran church in West Bend.

From 1973 until the time of his death he was employed by We Energies, serving many different roles in multiple divisions within the company. He began his career as a line mechanic, and later held positions in construction, I.T., customer support and customer service. His final position with the company was as director of technology support for customer service and customer operations.

Luke was an avid waterfowl hunter, outdoorsman and fisherman. He loved traveling and hunting with his family and friends, and was involved with NORDAK Outdoors, Delta Waterfowl, Feather Duster Calls, Barton Sportsmen, Ducks Unlimited, Lake Michigan Great Sport Fishermen and Cornerstone Church in Grafton.

Since 2008, Luke has battled cancer (sarcoma) and associated health complications. He and his family are thankful for the wonderful care he received from Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin throughout his many surgeries and treatments.

Luke is survived by his loving wife, Mary of West Bend; two children, Karla M. Koch of Avon, Colo., and Matthew P. Koch of Centennial, Colo.; his mother, Lucille Koch of West Bend; a sister, Paula F. (nee Koch) Canby of West Bend; many other relatives and friends.

Luke was preceded in death by his father, Paul W. Koch in 1981.
Funeral services in remembrance of Luke will be held on Monday May 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend. The Rev. Joe Stillone of Cornerstone Church in Grafton will officiate. Burial will follow in Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday May 1, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and on Monday May 2, from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service.

People attending the funeral events are invited to wear camouflage and at the cemetery are invited to bring their duck or goose calls for a “last call” to honor Luke.

In lieu of flowers, Luke requested that you donate blood or memorials to The National Sarcoma Foundation (www.curesarcoma. org), The Froedtert Hospital Foundation (Clinical Cancer Center, Family Center, MICU, SICU, 3NT, 4NT; www.froedterthospitalfoundation.org), Adaptive Sportsmen (www.adaptivesportsman.org), Cornerstone Church’s Permanent Electronic Sign Fund (www.Cornerstone ChurchGrafton. org), or the 4-H Foundation-Washington County 4-H Trust Fund (washington. uwex.edu/4-h-youth-development/4-h-trust-fund).

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Online guest book and condolences may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.