THOMAS W. KOCH, 81, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, Fla. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Wilbur and Janet Koch. The 1952 graduate of Harlan High School was a member of Bippus Calvary United Methodist. The U.S. Army veteran was a member of American Legion Post 409, Leo. He retired in 1994 as an electrician with Local 305 IBEW after 40 years of service. Tom taught electrical courses in the army and also to IBEW apprentices. He was a former trustee for Maysville Water and Sewer; the honorary Citizen of the Year during the 1998 Harlan Days Festival; a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Hicksville, Ohio; and past member of the Harlan Lions Club. He pitched fast pitch softball for 30 years, was an avid fisherman, and in his later years wintered in Florida. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Shirley (formerly Carroll) Koch; children, Steven (Pam) Koch of Leo, Scott (Susan) Koch of Waterloo and Marlene (Steve) Smith of Fort Wayne; stepsons, Roger (Linda) Carroll, Joe (Tina) Carroll and Todd Carroll, all of Huntington; brother, Rudy (Kathy) Koch of New Haven; seven grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by siblings, Edward Koch and Mary Jo Horn. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven, with calling one hour prior. Pastor Barry Faucett officiating. Calling also from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial in Scipio Cemetery, Harlan, with military honors. Preferred memorials to Bippus Calvary United Methodist or Harlan Christian Youth Center. For online condolences, visit

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