Floyd E. Koch, 89, Howe, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.
He was born December 31, 1923, in Gann Valley, S.D., to George H. and Violet (Lewallen) Koch.
Moving from Goshen, Ind., to Howe in 1962, he served as a 1091 B-17 pilot in the U.S. Air Force from August 4, 1944 until October 2, 1945. He continued as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve until January 1958. He was a dairy farmer since 1965 and had worked at Bendix in South Bend, Ind., before working at the Sturgis Foundry until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of American Legion Post 215 in LaGrange and was previously a member of the Color Guard.
He was married June 1, 1945, in Yuma, Ariz., to Virginia R. Sisson. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Michael F. and Susan Koch, Omaha, Neb., and Charles D. Koch, Osceola, Ind.; one daughter, Jeannie M. Koch-Leister, Victor, Mont.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Malone, Goshen, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, George Koch, and 3 sisters.
Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 1, at Carney-Frost Funeral Home in LaGrange.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, August 2, at Carney-Frost Funeral Home in LaGrange with Pastor Chuck Vizthum officiating.
Burial with military rites by LaGrange American Legion Post 215 and the Air Force National Honors Team will be in Riverside Cemetery, Howe.
Online condolences may be sent at www.carneyfrostfuneral home.com.
Carney-Frost Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.