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John Ruckel Koch

November 28, 1933 — May 21, 2019

John Ruckel Koch was the son of John C. and Mary (Ruckel) Koch. He was born November 28, 1933, and passed away May 21, 2019. He graduated from Creighton school, then went on to attend Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg before enlisting in the Missouri National Guard.

He was a hard-working farmer, as well as a real estate and insurance salesman. He enjoyed fishing and antiquing with his wife, Lela.

JR married Lela Parris on June 1, 1958 and the two enjoyed nearly 61 years of marriage; to this union three children were born. He was a dedicated husband and father, and provided well for his family. He loved to watch his children and grandchildren take part in sports and other activities, and was proud of each and every one of them growing into good, upstanding citizens.

JR passed away the morning of May 21, 2019 at his home in Creighton surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Carol (Koch) Thornburg. He is survived by his wife Lela of the home, two sons, Mark and wife Laura Koch of Peculiar, Rocky and wife Brenda Koch of Harrisonville, and a daughter Clara and husband Stan Taber of Creighton, as well as five grandchildren, Jessica (Taber) Miller, Jon Koch, Mackenzie Koch, Wes Taber, and Kristen Koch.

Celebration of Life and Masonic Service, Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the
Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, Missouri with visitation from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Inurnment in Parker Cemetery near Creighton, MO.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parker Cemetery Association.
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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life Gathering

Saturday, May 25, 2019

12:30 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Dickey Funeral Homes Inc. - Garden City

711 Old Highway 7, Garden City, MO 64747

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Celebration of Life Service

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Dickey Funeral Homes Inc. - Garden City

711 Old Highway 7, Garden City, MO 64747

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