Robert J. Koch, age 88, born October 27, 1930, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019, at his residence in Buckeye Lake, surrounded by his loving family. Bob was a long time member of St. Patrick Church, born and raised in the parish. He attended St. Patrick grade school and St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 1949. He retired from Federated Department Stores, Gold Circle Division in 1988, after 34 years of service. He was Vice President of Planning and Construction. Bob also owned Crimson and Clover Restaurant and The German Village Pub in Columbus. After retirement he founded Dell Fixtures and served as President and CEO until his retirement in 1988. Bob was a longtime member of the Shamrock Club of Columbus and AMVETS #51 in Thornville, and was a U.S. Air Force Reserve Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Jimmy and Tommy Koch. Bob is survived by his best friend and bride of 68 years, Mary “Dell” Howell Koch; children, Mike (Peggy), Don (Pam), Julie (Rich) Clemons, Mary (Laura), and Joe; daughter-in-law, Valerie; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was January 24, 2019, at St. Patrick Church. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery.