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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While I cannot be 100% certain, I believe that Thomas Koch was my Russian teacher at North Miami Senior High School in North Miami, Florida, during 1968-1970. This man was, without a doubt, one of the best teachers I ever had. He instilled the love he had for the Russian language in his students. When we were in class, we lived and breathed Russian because he made it so exciting. he would often perform by dancing and bringing his balalaika to play Russian folk songs. The most memorable were "Song of the Volga Boatmen" and "Moscow NIghts."
As is usually the case, we lost touch after graduation. But he will forever be in my memories.
RIP, Mr. Koch and Спасибо за все!
Submitted by JOHN GLASSERMAN on Jul 6 2017 05:40:28 PM
God cares for those who have a broken heart; Psalm 34:18 assures us that he is close to them. Psalm 147:3 says: "He heals the brokenhearted; he binds up their wounds". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 62:7&8; Psalm 31:24) jw.org
Submitted by Rachel Morton on Jun 18 2017 11:42:35 PM
I am sorry for your loss please accept my sincere condolences, the Bible is the source of all comfort. It offers a real hope of being reunited with our loved ones Acts 24:15 assures us that "there is going to be a resurrection," John 5:28-29 speaks about "the hour coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." That's a promise that God has made to all mankind and he's going to undo death by means of the resurrection. Psalm 37:29 says: "the righteous will possess the Earth and they will Live Forever on it. What a wonderful blessing we have to look forward to, not only is he going to resurrect all those who fell asleep in death, but we will live forever, have forever to enjoy our loved ones right here on a Paradise Earth. Through the Kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for (Matthew 6:9-10) is going to do amazing things for mankind. I hope this brings you comfort in knowing that you will be reunited with your loved ones, the Bible is filled with promises that God (Psalm 83:18) is soon going to fulfill Isiah 33:24; 25:8 and Revelation 21:4
Submitted by Rita on May 15 2017 07:20:42 AM
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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