Joe M. Koger

September 3, 1937March 5, 2018

KOGER, Joe Milton, age 80, of Rochester Hills, died March 5, 2018 at his residence. Joe was born on September 3, 1937 in Monticello, KY, son of the late Robert and Nannie (Sexton) Koger. He graduated from Millikin University in 1959 with a B.S. Degree in Engineering Administration, passed on offers to pitch baseball professionally and went to work for General Motors in Danville, IL. He advanced to the unclassified executive level with the Central Foundry Division, retiring in 1988 at the age of 50. Joe was very athletic, lettering in 4 sports while at Millikin University. In 1975 he was inducted into the Millikin University Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2015 he was inducted into the Warrensburg-Latham High School Wall of Fame. He was an avid golfer, shooting his age all through his 70’s. He was very active at the OPC Senior Center in Rochester, Michigan and actively supported the Oakland County Republican Party. His wit and humor will be missed by most. On March 5, 1960 he married the love of his life, Nancy Jane Nottelmann, who preceded him in death in 2012. Joe is survived by: his sons, Joe (Dawn) Koger II of Birmingham, and Kerry Koger of Ortonville; grandchildren Makenna, Jaret, Hadley, Claire, and Brent; brother Ray Koger, sisters Linda Koger and Lois Finney, and sisters-in-law Joyce Koger, Connie Koger, Hazel Nottelmann and Janet (Erik) Stottrup. Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Van Hoosen Jones-Stoney Creek Cemetery Chapel, 570 E. Tienken Road, Rochester Hills. Mr. Joseph Patrico Officiating. The family will receive friends Friday, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester. If desired, memorials may be made to the Doug Blanchard Memorial Foundation – The DBMF supports Ashley’s’ Friends, a grief group providing support to children aged 5-18 who have lost a loved one. Address: DBMF, 1225 ALine Drive, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236. Condolences may be shared with the family at


  • Nancy Jane (nee Nottelmann) Koger, Wife
  • Joe (Dawn) Koger II, Son
  • Kerry Koger, Son
  • Makenna, Jaret, Hadley, Claire and Brent, Grandchildren
  • Robert Koger, Father
  • Nannie (nee Sexton) Koger, Mother
  • Ray Koger, Brother
  • Linda Koger, Sister
  • Lois Finney, Sister
  • Connie Koger, Sister-in-law
  • Hazel Nottelmann, Sister-in-law
  • Janet (Erik) Stottrup, Sister-in-law
  • Joyce Koger, Sister-in-law



  • Visitation Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Robert Gasaway

March 10, 2018

So very sorry to learn of Joe's passing. Joe was a great friend in grade school and high school. We were very close. What a super athlete Joe was. He was very good at all sports. We grew up in Latham, Il. My deepest sympathy to all of Joe's family, particularly Ray. Rest in Peace, my dear friend. Robert Gasaway

Kris Finney

March 9, 2018

Joe, Kerry, Dawn, Makenna, Jaret, Hadley, Claire and Brent,

I am so sorry for your loss. Over the years, I always enjoyed receiving cards with clever poems from your dad/grandpa, and I have fun memories of him at family gatherings. I am thinking of you all as you grieve and remember him.

Love and God’s peace,


Ray Koger

March 9, 2018

Joe, Kerry and Family,
I'm very sorry for your loss. I will miss Joe and his witty sense of humor, our talks on politics and our friendship. He was educated, intelligent, great athlete, competitive and a wonderful brother. Rest in Peace Joe.
Ray Koger Sr.

Penny Hammel

March 8, 2018

My deepest condolences to you- Joe and Kerry and your families. There are so many fond memories I have of your father, but probably the most significant one to me was having him and your Mom there to help me celebrate my first professional win; I have always cherished that night of celebration with them!
He was so charming and charismatic and he lit up the room with his presence and of course all of his jokes and stories. His ribbing of his brothers when in their presence and the competitive spirit he possessed---is what I remember most about your Dad.
R.I.P. uncle Joe!

Lois Finney

March 7, 2018

Joey and Kerry, so sorry to hear about your Dad. I am sure you know that both of you were the apple of his eye, and he thought the world of your families. He enjoyed his life to the fullest up until the day he passed. I will not be able to be there in person, but all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Tootsie

Linda Koger

March 7, 2018

Joey and Kerry, I am so sorry to hear your Dad has passed. He called a couple months ago, and said he was feeling good and going to the gym a lot. He talked about both of you often, and was extremely proud of both of you and his five grandchildren.
My favorite memory of him was at the Women's U.S. Open somewhere in OH when Penny came in third. He, Ray, Glenn and Earl were all there along with Rich, Betty Sue, Joyce and me. Kemper had a marketing meeting going on at the same time, and several of the guys came out to watch also. I never laughed so hard in my life at Joe and Glenn who tried their best to show off the most in front of the Kemper guys especially one named Rod Stewart. Joe asked about him every time I talked to him, and Rod always asked me about my two crazy brothers, Joe and Glenn. It was one of the most fun times in my life.

In this day of cell phones, I don't have your numbers but please know I am thinking of you both. Joseph Milton Koger, Sr. lived a very good life. May God bless his soul. Linda

March 6, 2018

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