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Wayne R. Koch, 79

Wayne R. Koch, 79, of Beatrice, NE, died Thursday night, December 2, 2021, at The Monarch in Lincoln. He was born on July 13, 1942, at Odell and graduated from Odell High School in 1960. Wayne served in the Nebraska National Guard from 1962 until 1967. He married Patricia A. Keck on June 23, 1963, in Wymore. Wayne worked for a local construction company for several years. In 1981, they moved to Montana and he worked for Northern Boarder Pipeline and then finished his career with Trans-Canada Pipeline retiring in 2008. He was a member of Eagles Aerie #531 and American Legion Post #27 of Beatrice. He attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Beatrice. Wayne enjoyed wintering in Texas, NASCAR and was a Dale Earnhardt fan. He loved to hunt, fish, golf and travel.

Survivors include three sons, Bryan Koch, of Visalia, CA, Daryl Koch (Jeanette Vajgrt), of Marshalltown, IA, and Robert (Jennifer) Koch, of Belgrade, MT; three grandchildren: Kyleigh, Ashleigh and Presleigh; sister, Connie (Jerry) Fraizer, of Weeping Water; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Koch, who died on June 15, 2014; parents, Paul and Mildred West Koch; stepfathers, Adolph Beran and Roy Koch; sister, Beverly (Harold) Grefe.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, December 6, 2021, at Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Pastor Jim Cummings officiating. View the services online by going to the funeral home’s website and clicking on the link provided. Inurnment of the cremains will be at the Blue Springs Cemetery at a later date. Cremation has taken place and there will be no viewing. A register book will be available for signatures on Sunday, December 5, 2021, from noon until 6:00 P.M. Memorials to the family’s choice www.foxfuneralhome.net Fox Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.

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