Robert Koch 1922-2017


Robert Koch passed away Nov. 28, 2017, at Enloe Hospital at the age of 95. He was the oldest of two boys born to Fredrick and Helen (Nellie) Koch in Oakland, CA on April 22, 1922. He graduated from University High School in 1939. During high school he spent many happy summers on the Garica River near Point Arena. Robert worked as a projectionist in theaters in Oakland, Crockett, and Napa. In 1943 he enlisted in the Army and was sent to RCA Radio Technology School in Jew Jersey. He eventually was stationed in Guam and worked on airplanes as a radio technician. He returned in 1946 and resumed his career at theaters in Napa. He met Maxine Armes, was married and had three children, and during this time he moved to Sacramento and was employed by RCA as a sound

engineer working throughout Northern California and Southern Oregon.
In 1974, he and Betty Donnelly were married. They were members of the Arbuckle Golf Club and enjoyed 50 years of golfing. His great passion was fly fishing the streams in the Mill Creek area near Lassen Peak. His second passion was baseball. he knew everyone’s statistics from the beginning, and read many books of the old timers. He also loved playing the old tunes form the ‘20s and ‘30s on is Grand piano.

Robert is survived by his wife Betty, two sons Don (Cathy) Koch of Redding, Kenneth Koch of Sacramento and a daughter Janet (Scot) Telfer of Somerset. A Stepson, William (Merri) Donnely of Williams. Grandchildren: Meghan (Justin) Pebles of Dallas TX, Eric (Becky) Koch of Portland OR, Kara (Erick) Conklin, of Grass Valley, and James Ramos of Sacramento. Step-grandchildren: Patrick (Mary) Donnelly of Missoula MT, Brian (Laura) Donnelly of Portland OR, Sean (Nikki) Donnelly of Concord CA, and five great-grandchildren. His brother, Howard (Avril) Koch of La Mirada CA, and a niece and nephew also survive him.
Robert’s wishes were that there would be no services. ■

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