William Edward Koch

September 6, 1930May 23, 2019

William Edward Koch (Bill), age 88 of Erlanger, Kentucky, passed away on Thursday May 23, 2019. He was born on August 6, 1930 in Covington, Kentucky, the son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Rieselman) Koch. Bill was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, stationed on the front lines as a tank commander. He had also been a volunteer firefighter for the Elsmere Fire Department. Bill was a musician, and played the organ and piano professionally. He also worked for Family Camping Center and Delightful Days RV Center. He is survived by his wife of 62+ years, Eunice (Riesenbeck) Koch. He was the father of nine children, Kathy (Scott) Santangelo, Bill Koch, Bob (Denise), Koch, Dave Koch, Karen Koch, Mike Koch, Joe (Erin) Koch, Danny (Becky) Koch and Krista (Jim) Kentley; 24 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his son, Dave, siblings Jack Koch and Rosemary Rebel, and his Great Grandson, Gabriel. Visitation will be held on Wednesday May 29, 2019 at St. Barbara Church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road Erlanger, KY 41018 from 4pm to 7pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday May 30, 2019 at 10am at the church. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. Bill was an advocate for children in numerous organizations. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to DCCH (Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home), 75 Orphanage Road, PO Box 17007 Fort Mitchell, Kentucky 41017. Condolences may be left for the family at


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, May 30, 2019


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Tom Koch

May 30, 2019

Uncle Bill always enjoyed family gatherings. Between the 7 kids in the Jack Koch family and 9 kids in the Bill Koch family, it made for a large gathering when we got together. When we were fortunate enough to have Aunt Rosie's family come into town and add in some extended family, such as Bob Schmitt and his crew, the gatherings grew larger, rowdier, and much more fun! Many fond memories were made at Uncle Bill's house on Lafayette Court in Erlanger. We've lost three great role models in Uncle Bill, Aunt Rosie, and Dad (Jack)! They will continue to live in memories forever!

Tawni Koch

May 30, 2019

Grandpa was always when I came to visit him offered me food and especially Ice cream was his favorite thing to ask if I was hungry and asked if I wanted some Ice cream helped me get my first car first car I ever drove was his old car was awesome grandpa and will be missed love you

Carol & Jim Lichtenberg

May 28, 2019

Just a note to tell you how much we enjoyed his music at Sorrentos in Reading. We were there almost every Friday and he always played our favorite song when we were there. He also played at our 50th wedding anniversary for awhile which was ten years ago. Loved his music and he could play anything you requested. Would sit and talk to him when he took a break. He was missed at Sorrentos. Many good memories. We extend our sympathy to your family.

Doug Denney

May 28, 2019

Joe, I was so sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Best wishes in the days ahead from your friends here at Myers FH.

Kathy Santangelo

May 27, 2019

When I was pregnant with twins, Dad came to our house every day for at least a month to help me get through severe nausea and malnutrition. He changed IVs, made sure I had what I needed, and made me eat. After Michael and Olivia were born, and home, he came over every day for a year to help feed babies, wash bottles, mix formula, rock colicky babies, change diapers and do laundry. I will never forget what he did for us.