Published 7:00 am Saturday, July 18, 2015
Duward Koch, age 95 died peacefully in his sleep on July 2, 2015. He was born November 17, 1919 to Ulman and Freddie Koch of Picayune, MS. Dewey, as he was known to friends and family grew up in Picayune, graduated from Picayune High School and electrician trade school. Dewey proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. After leaving the service he worked for the telephone company. He married Josephine Bilich of New Orleans in June 1954 and they had three daughters. Dewey retired from American Cyanamid after 25+ years and moved back to Picayune, MS where he enjoyed fishing and was an active member of the American Legion. He served as commander several times.
Dewey is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Alfred, Robert, Horace and Jack and his sister, Doris. He is survived by his daughters Susan M. Koch, Martha K. Gsell (Jim), and Cheryl K. Caprera (Tony); and his grandchildren Daniel, Rachel, Erica and Justin. He is also survived by his sister Katherine Marciniak of Chicago, along with many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Lacombe Nursing Center in Lacombe, LA for the excellent care and compassion they showed Dewey during the last 4 1/2 years.
Friends, family and caregivers are invited to attend a memorial service on July 25, 2015 at 10:30 am at New Palestine Baptist Church, 2336 Palestine Rd. Picayune, MS 39466. He will be buried in the church cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to a charity of your choice.