Robert Koch

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 11, 2010

Robert Allen Koch, 61, of Glenville died Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at his home.
Robert Allen Koch was born on Feb. 18, 1949 to Donald and Lois (Snell) Koch in State Center, Iowa. He grew up in the rural Glenville area attending Gordonsville Elementary School. Bob graduated from Glenville High School in the Class of 1967. He received a diploma from Austin State Junior College and then a degree in animal science from the University of Minnesota. Bob was a farm manager for Harvestor in New Prague, Minn. for one year. He returned to Glenville and worked as a Federal Meat Inspector for Wilson and Co. before becoming a full-time farmer with his dad. On Aug. 31, 1985 he was united in marriage to Carla Marie Wiener at the Church of Christ in Austin where they were both immersed members. He enjoyed sports and played on the Austin church softball league and played basketball in the Glenville city league for many years. Bob loved children and he and Carla had opened their home to foster care and the foreign exchange program. He also enjoyed gardening, especially sweet corn, snow skiing, traveling with his family, and making and eating homemade ice cream.
Survivors include his wife, Carla M. Koch; father, Donald A. Koch; foster son, Quen Bena; foreign exchange daughter, Flavia Bravo of Brazil; brother, Ronald (Becky) Koch of Littleton, Colo.; father-in-law, Joseph Wiener (Elvira Ostrom) of North St. Paul, Minn.; brothers-in-law, Gerald (Bev) Filas of Oakdale, Minn., and David (Rene) Filas of Middle River, Minn.; sister-in-law, JoAnn (Ron) Keller of Lindstrom, Minn.; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bob was preceded in death by his grandparents; mother, Lois Koch; mother-in-law, Gladys (Klersy) Wiener; brother-in-law, Ronald Filas;  sister-in-law, Sharon Brandt; and nephew, Ricky Filas.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, 2010 at the Church of Christ in Albert Lea.  Pastors Stephen DeFor and Michael Gerhardt will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 14 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. 
Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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