Bernie Koch, 74, of Mitchell, SD, died peacefully Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell surrounded by his children. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 2, 2014, 10:30 A.M., at St. John Catholic Church in Plankinton. Burial will be at St. Peter Catholic Cemetery in White Lake. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-7 P.M. with a Scripture Service at 7:00 P.M. at Bittner Funeral Chapel, Mitchell.
Bernie 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 sisterinlaw, Mary Koch.
He is preceded in death by his parents Matt and Stella, an infant daughter, Karla, and brother Dale Koch.