On April 19, 2019, Wayne Koch, loving husband and father of four children passed away while surrounded by loved ones. Wayne was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 28, 1935, to Waldemar and Marcella Koch. He graduated from Lutheran High School in 1953 and went on to attend The Ohio State University, graduating in 1957 with a degree in Business. Following graduation, he joined the Army in 1958 and remained in the Army Reserves through 1965. He had a successful career, holding executive level roles at companies such as Cole National, Things Remembered, and Fotomat and wrapped up his career as a business consultant.
Wayne knew the first night they met that he would marry Janet Roberta Griffith. And they made it official on September 16, 1960. During their 58 years of marriage they raised four children, each seven years apart, with a 21-year age difference between the oldest and youngest children. Those who knew him would tell you he was an unforgettable man. He was always a magnet for characters and loved to cause mischief and play pranks. He could never deliver a joke, but his poor delivery made the joke hilarious and the punchline irrelevant. He loved to embellish stories for dramatic effect. He loved wearing weird hats – the weirder the better. He was an avid gardener and would wake up at the "crack of dawn" each morning and walk around the yard in his bathrobe to "inspect the garden." He took ballroom dancing in college and developed a lifelong love for dance. He loved to show off his moves on the dance floor and even at home, swing dancing in the living room with his two daughters.
Wayne was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his wife Janet, his four children, David, John (Kate), Sarah, and Elizabeth (Juan), his three grandchildren, Lilly, Kelsey, and Rori, as well as his brother Glenn and sister Donna. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. (CFNP, 5/5/19)