Malcolm Gale Koch 1925 ~ 2010Comment on this story
Malcolm Gale Koch passed away peacefully on December 4, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 2, 1925 in Tremont Illinois to Edward J. Koch and Zella E. Steffen. At the age of 17 he volunteered to join the Navy for 2- 1/2 years as a Hospital Corpsman during World War II where he was wounded on Iwo Jima and was a Purple Heart recipient. He met his wife Erika Jenschewski on a LDS mission in Germany who was also serving in the same mission. After their mission they were married in the Manti Temple on August 25, 1962. Malcolm had a great desire for knowledge. He has a Masters Degree in Education and Social Studies. He also majored in six different areas: German, Chemistry, Biology, History, Psychology and Special Education. He graduated from the LDS Institute but his upmost passion for knowledge was of the scriptures. He served numerous callings in the LDS Church. He has served four missions: West German Mission, Fresno California Mission, 10 years at the Salt Lake Temple Square, and a Bountiful Temple Mission. He loved doing his genealogy and writing his own personal psalms. He dedicated many years of his life at the Salvation Army helping others obtain their GED. He received many awards for his voluntary service. He continued to do this until this year at the age of 85. He was very devoted to the Gospel and focused his life towards it. He spent every day of his life as a missionary and serving others. He wanted everyone to know and share the love of the Savior. Through his deeds and actions he will always be remembered as trying to do what Christ would do. He is survived by his loving wife Erika, three children Dennis (Colleen) Koch, David (Cami) Koch, and Susie (Tommy) Davis and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Joyce (Sam) Kumao and two nieces. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Val Verda 5th Ward Chapel 2633 South 50 West, Bountiful Utah. A viewing will be held prior to services beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be Salt Lake Cemetery.