Date of death: 03/18/2020
Saint Meinrad Class: O 1970
Allen B. Koch entered his heavenly home on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the age of 74, surrounded by his loved ones. We are so sad because he touched our lives so lovingly and we will always cherish the memories of his unconditional love for his family and friends, his wonderful sense of humor, his enthusiasm, and his kind and gentle soul.
Allen was the son of Arthur and Margaret Tieken Koch. Allen was born in Evansville, Indiana on August 1, 1945. He attended St. Boniface grade school and Mater Dei High School. Allen served in the United States Army, stationed in Korea and Albuquerque, New Mexico, with an honorable discharge.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Margaret, a sister, Janice, and his brother, Eugene. Allen is survived by his peeps: wife of 52 years, Kathleen; son, Gregory & partner Leon; daughter, Laura; granddaughter, Jordan Grace Grimes; brother and sister-in-law, Paul & Joyce Koch; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ronald & Carla Lunceford and Scott & Delana Walter; nephews & nieces.
He loved his family deeply with all his heart, especially his granddaughter, Jordan. Being a Papaw to her was one of his greatest delights. He went above and beyond for his family and his friends. After his retirement from Alcoa, he worked for Holweger Construction, Warrick County School Corporation, did commercial and residential painting, the Warrick County Solid Waste and Bradley’s Colonial Chapel. He also loved hanging out with his special group of guys telling stories, especially getting together during IU Basketball season. He also loved the St. Louis Cardinals. He loved playing cards. He also had a great love of music. He played the piano at the St. Joe Tavern for many years, a few fun nights at St. Clement Church, the F.O.P. in Boonville and at home for anybody that would listen. He had a very outgoing and fun personality who made friends with everyone he met. He really was the life of the party on a fun cruise to Alaska with great friends and wonderful fun family trips to California, Gatlinburg, the New England States, and Las Vegas.
Allen was a member of St. Clement Catholic Parish for 52 years where he served as a cantor. He was also past president of the Men’s Club, worked at the summer socials many years ago, a member of the Knights of Columbus, involved with the St. Clement bingo for 10 years, and served on the parish council. He was also one of the Rose Authorities along with his faithful assistant, Larry Miles at St. Clement Church. Larry may have said Allen “Did not know the first thing about roses!”. He loved his parish family. Allen was always ready to help with anything else he could do for his parish.
A special thanks to Dr. Mike Titzer, OHA nurses and staff, St. Vincent Hospital and staff, the 6 East Oncology Unit, and Heart to Heart Hospice. Memorial contributions are preferred to St. Clement Catholic Parish or The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 414238 Boston, MA 02241-4238.
Due to today’s circumstances, a Private Family Burial will take place. A Mass to celebrate Al’s life with a dinner will follow at a later date. Interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Evansville, IN. BRADLEY’S COLONIAL CHAPEL is assisting the family. Condolences to the family may be sent to www.bradleyscc.com