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Service Schedule and Obituary

Melvin A. Koch

Born: August 9, 1937 - Died: January 10, 2023

Service Schedule


Gottenstroeter Funeral Home Chapel, Owensville, Missouri
Date: January 14, 2023 --- Time: 9-11 a.m.


Gottenstroeter Funeral Home Chapel, Owensville, Missouri
Date: January 14, 2023 --- Time: 11:00 a.m.


Zion Cemetery, Bay, Missouri

Memorials / Donations

Memorials may be given for family choice.


Melvin A. Koch, 85, of Owensville, Mo., passed away Tues., January 10, 2023, at Stonebridge Senior Living of Owensville.

Melvin was born on August 9, 1937, to Arthur and Pauline (Walter) Koch in Bay, Mo.

He was united in marriage to Shirley Biehl on June 7, 1969, at Zion United Church of Christ in Bland.

Melvin was baptized and confirmed at Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church, currently named Zion St. Paul United Church of Christ at Bay. He was a faithful, lifelong member of Zion St. Paul and served on the church council and in any other manner in which he could.

Melvin attended grade school at Bay Country School and enjoyed telling many stories of the eight grades that he attended there. Home obligations required him to finish his high school education via correspondence courses, after which Melvin proudly served his country in the United States Army Reserves. Although Melvin learned the meaning of hard work from a very young age, his time was often filled with the enjoyment of baseball. He loved sharing and laughing about his years catching for the Bay Bears and playing with his cousin, David Koch and best buddy, Edgar Brehe. His story telling could go on and on. Melvin also enjoyed reading, listening to good old-fashioned country music, and telling a good joke.

Melvin devoted the majority of his working years to the MO Department of Transportation; from which he retired in 1999; but he still found time to continue cattle farming on the land of his childhood home.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Pauline Koch; sister, Shirley Berkemeyer; infant son, Jeffery Koch; and son, Steven Koch.

His survivors include his wife of fifty-three years, Shirley of the home; daughter, Stacy Caldwell and husband Lynn of Owensville; and grandchildren, Noah and Camryn Caldwell.

Visitation will be Sat., Jan. 14, 2023, 9 to 11 a.m. at Gottenstroeter Funeral Home Chapel in Owensville. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Stephanie DeLong officiating. He will be buried with full military honors at Zion Cemetery at Bay.

Memorials may be given for family choice.