May 12, 1931 - Jan. 30, 2012
John "Jack" Koch of Milton-Freewater passed away on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla at the age of 80 years. A celebration of Jack's life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater. A reception will follow at the Oasis restaurant.
Jack was born to Carl and Opal Koch on a farm near Fort Benton, Mont., on May 12, 1931. Jack married Patricia (Pat) Butler on Aug. 29, 1975. Jack enjoyed life and had many talents that included blacksmithing, teaching, rodeo coach, gold miner and business owner.
In 1988 Jack and Pat bought the Oasis restaurant. The "O" was a big part of their lives for 17 years. During that time they enjoyed their employees and customers, many of whom became lifelong friends. Even after
Jack's "retirement" he continued working at the things he enjoyed including working for his brother-in-law, Sam Humbert, repairing and fabricating equipment.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Koch of Milton-Freewater; sister, Rosella (Sam) Humbert of Milton-Freewater; brother, Jim (Carol) Koch of Las Vegas, Nev.; sons, Matthew (Heidi) of Milton-Freewater, Mark (Beth) of Fairbanks, Alaska, John (Diana) of Milton-Freewater, Thomas of Seattle, Marc of Kennewick; daughter, Christine of Milton-Freewater; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his mother and father, Carl and Opal Koch; his brother, Bill (Lucky) Koch; sister, Arlene Dieffenbach; and grandson, Jacob.
Contributions in Jack's name may be made to Milton-Freewater Pioneer Posse and the Walla Walla Hospice organization. xx