“Papa” Earl Allen Koch

“Papa” Earl Allen Koch

Earl Koch, 92, passed away on March 26, 2019 surrounded by family and friends at his home in Brookings, Oregon.

He was born to Abe and Velma Koch on April 27, 1927 in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

He is survived by the love of his life, Thelma Sarratt, daughter Nancy Crawford, sister Darlene Gardner, brother Jim Koch, step-daughter Lorie Wilson, Dianna and Randy Morton, Zennetta (Zee) and John Yost and many grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Abe, mother Velma, daughter Peggy, sister Dorothy and brother Cecil.

Earl met the love of his life Thelma Sarratt, daughter’s and husband’s, Dianna and Randy Morton, Zennetta (Zee) and John Yost and son Rudy Mercer in 1992.

Earl and Thelma loved the outdoors, mushroom picking, hunting, camping and loved taking rides in the mountains and also going to the beach and make very special memories.

Earl served in the Merchant Marines in 1944 and was stationed in the Catalina Island.

He moved to Brookings, Oregon in 1951 to help Walt Thompson build Thompson Lumber Company and worked there for many years.  He also, worked 28 years at South Coast Lumber Company as a mill right until he retired.

We want to especially “Thank” hospice, Darlene Gardner, Zennetta Yost and Dianna Morton for the wonderful care of Ear.

A Celebration of Life will be held at his home at 264 Marine Drive, Brookings on Aug. 24, 2019 from 12 pm - 3 pm.

Please bring chair’s, your favorite dish and refreshment for a potluck if you can.

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