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Rev. Ronald H. Koch,   Age 65
Visitation Location: Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN
Visitation Date/Time: Monday, November 15, 2004 from 4 to 8 PM
Funeral Time: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 10:30 AM
Funeral Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, MN
Burial Location: Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Cosmos, MN
    August 18, 1939 - November 12, 2004
     Rev. Ronald Koch, age 65, Plymouth, MN, formerly of St. Cloud, MN, died Thursday, Nov.r 12, 2004 at his home.
     Funeral services will be Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004 at 10:30 AM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, MN. Rev. Dee Pedersen will be officiating. Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 15, 2004 from 4 to 8 PM at Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN and one hour prior to the service at church on Tuesday. Graveside services will be Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004 at 10:30 AM at Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Cosmos, MN.
     Rev. Ronald Koch was born Aug. 18, 1939 in Hutchinson, MN to Henry and Edna (Nelson) Koch. He graduated from Cosmos High School in 1957 and Gustavus Adolphus College in 1961. He married Darlene Lietzau on August 27, 1960 at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos, MN. Following his graduation from Gustavus Ron attended Luther Northwestern Seminary and was ordained into the ministry of the American Lutheran Church in 1965. He served congregations in Brownton, Willmar, Menahga, Hermantown and St. Cloud and also was an assistant to the bishop of Southwestern Minnesota District of the ALC. He retired from full-time ministry in 2002, and after he served as an interim senior pastor at churches in Redwood Falls, St. Paul, Elk River and Buffalo.
     In 2003 he concluded 10 years on the Gustavus Board of Trustees. Since his retirement he has been coordinating Pastor-to-Pastor, a pastoral support program cosponsored by Gustavus and the ELCA Southwestern Minnesota Synod.
     Rev. Koch is survived by his wife of 44 years, Darlene; sons and daughter, Joel Koch of Becker, MN and Laurie Koch of St. Louis Park, MN and their sons, Alex and Charlie; Paul (Michelle) Koch of Plymouth, MN and their sons, Henry and Jimmy; Jane (Dan) Kramer of Mpls, MN; brothers, Stan Koch of Minnetonka, MN; Don (Janet) Koch of Colorado Springs, CO; mother-in-law, Violet Lietzau of Cosmos, MN; brothers-in-law, Doug Lietzau and Peggy Lietzau of Hutchinson, MN; Vern (Irene) Lietzau of Prior Lake, MN; Gary (Diane) Lietzau of Burnsville, MN; sister-in-law, Leora Lietzau of Mankato, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, John, brother-in-law, Marlin Lietzau, and sisters-in-law, Mazie Koch and Jan Lietzau.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.
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