Farming Rural 13

Raymond "Skip" Paul Koch

1932 ~ 2020 (age 87)


Raymond “Skip” Paul Koch, 87, of Bella Vista, AR passed away February 3, 2020. He was born August 1932 in Friendsville, PA to Forrest and Elsie Weierbach Koch.

He graduated from Coopersburg High School in 1950.

Skip married Shirley Dull in August of 1950 and raised four children, Carey Nelson Koch, Barry Ray Koch, Jeffrey Alan Koch and Renee’ Jean Koch Hutton.

Skip was born and raised on the farm and worked his whole life farming and raising cattle. He managed Trainor’s Farm of Coopersburg, PA , Risser’s Farm of Riegelsville, PA, Bell Gate Farm of Limeport, PA  Glenkirk Farms of Maysville, MO, Wortham Farms of Atoka, TN and Waggoner Farms of Sandhill, MS. After retiring from farm and cattle work, he became the caretaker at the Bella Vista Golf Course. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, any kind of wildlife, telling jokes, playing cards, dominoes, and enjoyed being with his family and friends.

Skip is preceded in death by his son, Carey Nelson Koch; parents, Forrest and Elsie; brothers, Owen and Adam Koch; and sisters, Grace Koch Roth and Marian Koch Winters.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Shirley; his children, Barry (Debbie) Koch of Lawson, MO, Jeff (Carol) Koch of Phoenix, AZ and Renee’ (Jeff) Hutton of Rogers, AR; siblings, Mark (Betty) Koch, Donald (Kathleen) Koch, Ruth (Bill) Jenkins, Otella (Charlie) Biehn, Dot (Ray) Thomas; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held in the near future in Pennsylvania.

Memorials made be made to Circle of Life Hospice or The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County.

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