Thomas Bryant Koch, Sr of Raleigh, NC departed this life on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
Survivors: Sons, Thomas Bryant Koch, Jr of High Point, NC and Kassel Robert Koch of Raleigh, NC. 4 Grandchildren.
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Thom is a dear friend of fifty-four years. We met in 1963 in Monterrey, Calif., when we were studying Russian at the Defense Language Institute. This was during the Cold War with Russia, and we both were sent to Germany as Russian linguists with the Army Security Agency. Thom and his wife, Sue, selected me as one of the godparents to their two sons, Bill and Thom Jr. I've enjoyed having a long relationship with Tommy, and, sadly, the one with Big ended several years ago with Bill's death. The friendship with Thom endured the years, and we always stayed in touch, even though months sometimes went by between letters, and then emails. I made numerous visits over the years, where I got to see the boys growing up, laughed always with Sue, who was a "punster" extraordinaire, got reacquainted each time with the "Koch Zoo," (from rescued doggies to a resident pot-bellied pig), and glimpsed Thom's career as a Russian teacher. Thom was a most fascinating, talented and energetic individual--he directed Russian music groups, could do the the Kossack dances, played the balalaika (and constructed a number of the beautiful Russian instruments by hand), composed a voluminous amount of music, wrote poetry, published a memoire, played the piano, and on and on. He was always upbeat, laughed a lot and took life's adversities in stride. Sue passed away about a decade ago, and the last decade or so Thom continued to be active as a composer and choir director for his church, as well as making new friends and helping others, as he always did, including adopting another adult son, Kassel. In the last 4 or 5 years he dealt with physical problems resulting from a couple serious falls. In his last declining years he received constant and caring support from his base of friends and family. When he perceived it was time to let go, he did so with grace and passed gently and peacefully. I will greatly miss the good friend i consider a soul-friend. My wife, Margaret, and I send our love to Thom's family.
Submitted by Jerry Goodman on Apr 8 2017 02:16:14 AM
TO THE FAMILY OF THOMAS BRYANT KOCH, SR. I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. PLEASE KNOW THAT GOD IS AWARE OF YOUR SUFFERING AND HE CARES ABOUT YOU. HE UNDERSTANDS YOUR PAIN AS HE TOO EXPERIENCED THE DEATH OF HIS SON CHRIST JESUS. 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3,4. HE PROMISES TO REUNITE US WITH OUR DECEASED LOVED ONES AGAIN BY MEANS OF A RESURRECTION TO LIFE HERE ON A BEAUTIFUL PARADISE EARTH WHERE SICKNESS, PAIN & DEATH WILL BE NO MORE. REVELATION 21:3-5; ACTS 24:15; JOHN 5:28,29 & PSALMS 37:10,11,29. PLEASE ACCEPT MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES. J.SMITH
Submitted by J.SMITH on Apr 5 2017 08:36:19 AM
You were and always will be so very loved.
Submitted by Kassel Koch on Apr 4 2017 03:30:56 PM
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