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Michael Patrick Koch, 49

December 13, 2009

MAY 21, 1960-DEC. 11, 2009

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Michael Patrick Koch Sr. went to his eternal peaceful rest surrounded by his family Dec. 11, 2009.

Michael was born May 21, 1960, in Encino, Calif., to Rosemary (Newton) Koch of Louisville, Ky., and John Benjamin Koch of Jeffersonville, Ind., who now reside in Hagerstown, Md.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Jodie (Pearce) Koch; son, Michael Patrick Koch Jr.; daughter, Jacqueline Koch; and his precious dog, Bucky. He also is survived by three sisters and their husbands, Toni (Koch) and Ernest (Rocky) Nelson, of Hagerstown, Tracy (Koch) and Tony Froitzheim of Long Key, Fla., and Tammy (Koch) and Michael Needy of San Diego; half sister, Elizabeth Ryan of Charlestown, Ind.; in-laws, Harlean and Jim Shook; and sister-in-law, Paula and husband, Trevor Schneider. He is survived by eight nephews, Jacob Nelson, Joseph Nelson, Joshua Nelson, John Needy, James Needy, Maddox Schneider, Brian Dougherty and Patrick Dougherty; and one niece, Mylee Schneider. Michael had many beloved cousins, aunts and uncles whom he made a point of always keeping in consistent contact.

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He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Leo Hobart and Annie Ruth (Green) Newton; and paternal grandparents, John and Dorothy (Knight) Koch.

Michael graduated from Williamsport High School in 1979 and was an outstanding athlete, especially in basketball and football. He then entered the Navy upon graduation. Michael retired from the Navy as chief petty officer in 2000 after 21 years of dedicated service. He then worked for AMSEC and continued his career as a training specialist with SAIC until his diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma in September of this year.

Mike enjoyed a great game of golf with his chosen band of characters and entered and won many tournaments. Mike respected and loved his position as assistant golf coach at Kempsville High School. He loved to sing karaoke, specializing in the classic big band singers, and nothing made him happier than singing with his family and friends. Mike attained his AA degree and was three credits shy of obtaining his BA degree. His love of family kept him strong. Mike never met a stranger and always remembered everyone who came into his life. He will be forever missed by his family and friends.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Dec. 15, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at NAS Oceana Naval Base, Virginia Beach, Va. He will be recognized with full military honors. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Per Mike's request, the ceremony will be closed casket.

Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh.com.

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