Bernard "Bernie" Koch


March 21, 1940 - April 29, 2014


Bernie Koch was born on March 21, 1940 to Matt and Stella (Rebensdorf) Koch in Mt. Angel, OR. In the fall of 1948 the family moved back to the farm at White Lake, SD.  He graduated from Stickney High School in 1958.  He married Jackie Jung on December 28, 1961 and five children were born of that marriage. He farmed in the Dimock area and had been a resident of Mitchell since 2012. 

Bernie is survived by his children; Laura (Karl) Lapka, Deb (Kerry) McMillan, Julie (Bob) Sebert, Barb (Steve) Miller, and Dan Koch, and their mother Jackie Schnabel; thirteen granddaughters, one grandson, and six great – grandchildren and siblings: Joan Markley, Ronnie (Aletha) Koch, Maxine (Bill) Schroeder, Shirley (Dave) Flick, Janet (Dennis) Everson, and a sister–in–law, Mary Koch.

He is preceded in death by his parents Matt and Stella, an infant daughter, Karla, and brother Dale Koch.


Thursday, May 1, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, May 2, 2014
10:30 AM
Saint John Catholic Church
Plankinton, South Dakota


Saint Peter Catholic Cemetery
White Lake, South Dakota

entry posted by Beverly & Charles Speelman on 05-02-2014
Was so sorry to hear about the passing of my cousin Bernie,our thoughts & prayers go out to all the family.
entry posted by Cindy Schoenfelder on 05-01-2014
To Laura, Deb, Julie, Barb and Dan, Sorry to hear the loss of your dad :( Our hearts and prayers are with all of you
entry posted by Jodi Boyer on 05-01-2014
Laura, Debbie, Julie, Barb and Danny,
I'm so sorry to hear that your dad past away he was a good man. My heart goes out to you and your families at this most difficult. I will keep you guys in my prayers. I had a lot of very good memories growing up with Debbie and her sisters!
entry posted by Debby & Gerry on 05-01-2014
Deb & family, our sincere sympathy to all of you. Sending our thoughts & prayers to help you through. Asked my Dad to greet him at the Gates. Love you!
entry posted by Dee Kummer on 05-01-2014
Julie and families: my sincere sympathies to each of you. May the memories you cherish help guide you through this most difficult time. May he rest in peace and the eternal light shine upon him!
entry posted by Brenda Fergen on 05-01-2014
Dear Laura, Deb, Julie, Barb, and Dan,

I am sending you my heart felt sympathy. It is never easy to lose a parent. I have fond memories of being snowed in at your house while in 7th or 8th grade. You family was so similar in composition as mine (e.g., 4 sisters and a brother). I hope that you all have fond memories that will help you through this time of loss. I will keep you all in my prayers.
entry posted by Karen Schwaller on 05-01-2014
Thinking of your family. May the peace of God--which surpasses all understanding--fill your hearts now and in the time to come. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
entry posted by Danette Miller on 05-01-2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Koch family. So sorry for your loss. He will live on in all of your memories.
entry posted by Jeff Roseland on 05-01-2014
Deb- Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family - take care - Jeff
entry posted by Brad and Jill Powell on 05-01-2014
Dan and family, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
entry posted by Kerri Gordon on 04-30-2014
Deb - I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family at this difficult time. Peace.
entry posted by Tim tingle on 04-30-2014
Sorry for yr loss he will be missed he was a very cool guy my prayers are with u and yr family
entry posted by Monte & Luanne Dirks on 04-29-2014
So sorry for your loss, Barb. Prayers are with you.
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