Funeral Services for Karl W. Koch, 71, Shawnee, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary-Eudora Chapel. Military Graveside service will follow in Eudora Cemetery, Eudora. He died December 16, 2011, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
Karl was born September 3, 1940, in Lawrence, KS, the son of Gus and Jane J. (Jackson) Koch.
He received his BA in Journalism from the University of Kansas, a full scholarship recipient as a member of the Naval ROTC program. Karl then served as an officer in the United States Navy for eight years. He later spent over 30 years as an executive in the insurance industry, including serving as the Executive Vice President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and President of Meadowbrook Insurance. He was also a member of the American Legion.
A cherished brother, father and husband, Karl will be remembered by family and friends for his wit, work ethic, sense of humor, love for animals, and kind spirit.
Karl married Patricia A. “Patty” Wahl on July 26, 1980, at the St. Paul United Church of Christ , Eudora, KS. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include three sons: Mark Koch, Mesa, AZ; Kristopher Koch, Greenbrae, CA; Kyle Koch, Los Angeles, CA; one daughter, Amy MacNabb, Carlsbad, CA; one sister, Cherry McCabria, Eudora, KS; and five grandchildren, Austin, Mason, Max, Patrick, and Katelyn.
The family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary-Eudora Chapel.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in his name to Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of the mortuary.