December 6, 1917 –
March 17, 2007
Richard (Dick) Koch was ready to go when he peacefully passed away March 17, 2007 on his way home from the St John hospital in Vanderhoof.
Dick was born in Paldau , Austria on Dec. 6, 1917. In 1951 he and his wife Josefa immigrated to Canada. The journey across the ocean and then across Canada was difficult, arriving in Vancouver in December. Having to learn English and with only 2 small suitcases of belongings, they started their new life. In 1953 Vanderhoof became their home base when Dick got work at Kitimat. He was a good
provider, hard working and kind person enduring many hardships in his lifetime however that never discouraged him. He was blessed to be able to spend much time with his grandchildren, working with them in his work shop making wooden toys or making them igloos in the winter and a
playhouse in the summer. His family, friends and caregivers will remember him for his love of playing cards and good sense of humor. He suffered
from Parkinson’s for the past 6 years. Many thanks to all of you, who provided care and support, visited and played cards with him.
Dick was laid to rest at a private graveside service March 21, 2007. This was followed by a Celebration of Life held in his honor at the Gospel Chapel. He is survived by Josefa, his loving and devoted wife of almost 59 years. His daughter Christine and her husband Dennis of Sherwood Park, Alberta and his wonderful grand children, Richard Daniel, and Jeanna Denae and her fi ancÃ© Angelo. He will always be in our hearts and remembered as husband, father, Opa and friend.