Paul Edward Koch, 87, of Sandusky, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Stein Hospice Care Center following a brief illness.
He was born Nov. 6, 1926, in Sandusky. He was a 1945 graduate of Sandusky High School and a 1951 graduate of Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. He was a U.S. Army veteran. In 1951, he married Patricia A. Bauer, of Tiffin, Ohio, and they were together until her death in 2008.
He was a lifelong sailor having won the Interlake Sailing Class Association National Championships three years in a row. He continued sailing and boating most of his life. He was a past commodore and life member of the Sandusky Sailing Club and a life member of the Interlake Sailing Class. He also served several years as a USYRU judge. He was owner and president of KelKo Products Company of Sandusky until his retirement in 1981. He was a recipient of the “Nick Of Time Award” for saving the lives of two ice fishermen who had fallen through the ice on Sandusky Bay.
He is survived by four sons, Mark (Pat), Matthew (Lori), Brian (Karen), Curtis (Janet); his sister, Ann Copley, of Lynchburg, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his his wife, Patricia A. Koch; and parents, Francis M. and S. Inez (Rhineheimer) Koch.
At Paul’s request, there will be no viewing hours. Services will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 6, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sandusky, with interment to follow at Oakland Cemetery. A celebration of his life will follow at the Sandusky Sailing Club. Groff Funeral and Crematory in Sandusky are handling arrangements for the family.
Memorials may be made, in the name of Paul Koch, to Sandusky Sailing Club Junior Sailing Program, 724 E. Water St., Sandusky, OH 44870, Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com