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Myron 'Bill' Koch

Myron 'Bill' Koch

Myron 'Bill' Koch, known as Doc, age 70, of Ursa, died on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at St. John Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on June 18, 1950 in Quincy, IL the son of Myron & Rita (Brink) Koch. He married Mary Kratochvil on June 15, 1974 in New Berlin, IL. She survives. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and active in Cursillo.

Bill attended Quincy University, ultimately graduating with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. He had a mixed veterinary practice, serving both large and small animals for over 40 years. He was the original owner and operator of Western Illinois Veterinary Clinic. Bill was a lifetime member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), a member of the Beef Producers Association and was instrumental in creating the Western Illinois Cattle Alliance Group. He also received the Agriculture Business of the Year Award. Throughout his career he enjoyed mentoring students while taking them on calls with him in the country and in the clinic setting.

Bill was extremely involved in the Adams County Fair, serving as their volunteer veterinarian. He started and promoted the 4H Beef Auction. He often worked on old tractors and donated old tools and a display to the Olde Tyme Association now at the fairgrounds.

Education and young people were core values to Bill. He tutored young people in math and other subjects while helping build their self-esteem and independence. He gave many educational talks in schools around the area throughout his career and retirement, receiving the Impact Award from the Friends of Unit 4 Schools. He volunteered with 4H and provided the resources needed to show their livestock at the fair.

Bill was very involved in his local community. He served on the board for the Village of Ursa. He volunteered for the Ursa Park Festival and had been a member of the Ursa Lions Club. He was involved with the Boy Scouts providing his farm for camping and activities.

Bill had many varied interests. He was constantly on a quest for knowledge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He learned how to make wine and frequently gifted his wine to others. He could build and engineer just about anything including a scale cannon that shot cannon balls, a four foot model plane that flew, model cars and pulling tractors that ran, and model wooden heavy machinery to scale. In his younger years, he was part of the 'mountain men' and went on rendezvous sleeping in teepees, wearing leather clothing that he made, built muzzle loading guns, and cooked their kills on the open fire. He was known for his ability to "witch" wells. In retirement, he enjoyed working on his farm and the farming for others. He enjoyed traveling, his children, and grandchildren. Bill was a very compassionate and giving man. He believed in doing for others. He was always willing to give of his time and innumerable talents.

He is survived by:
HIS SIX DAUGHTERS, the 'Koch Girls': Jennifer Hendricks (Dr. Tracy) of Springfield, IL;
Jamie Mixer (Scott 'Joel') of Liberty, IL; Julie Miller (Marcus) of Wellington, MO; Jean Kinder (Michael) of Payson, IL; Joan Goehl (Adam) of Quincy; and Jill Friye (Lucas) of Quincy.
EIGHTEEN GRANDCHILDREN: Andrew, Allison and Anna Hendricks; Grace, Ella Andi,
Joel 'Bryce' and Miles Mixer; Isabelle, Wyatt, Elizabeth, and Adalynn Miller; Katie, Karly, and Kolten Kinder; Landon and Evelyn Goehl and Weston Friye.
One SISTER: Pat Koch (Deanna Dixon).
Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Private family services will be held. A livestream of the service will be on the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church Facebook page and YouTube on Saturday, January 16, 2021 starting at 1:00 PM. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery. A drive-thru celebration of Doc's life will be held at the family home in Ursa on Sunday, January 17, 2021 beginning at 12:30 PM at the south entrance of the Ursa Park. Memorials may be made to John Wood Community College Foundation (scholarship to be determined), St. Dominic's school, or to the Adams County Fair.

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From:
Jonda Rhea
Quincy, IL
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I'm so sorry for your loss He was such an awesome Vet Friend and person He will be missed
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Kathy and Kevin Moore
Quincy, IL
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So sorry Joan and family for your loss.
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Derek and Melissa Brawner
Springfield, IL
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So sorry for your loss, thinking of your family during this time.

Derek and Melissa Brawner
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Michaelin O'Bryant
Kahoka, MO, MO
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My sympathy to all the family. He has been in my prayers.
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Jim Wells
Kahoka, MO
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Love and prayers for Jill and her family.
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Paul and Phyllis Pogue
Quincy, IL
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We are very sorry for your lost, please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Doc was a great neighbor and excellent veternarian.
From:
Leslie Koetters
Quincy, IL
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Jennifer and family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May you feel God’s warm embrace during this very difficult time.
From:
Scarlett Maria Meyer
Belleville, IL
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My deepest sympathy for your loss. Thinking of you Jean and the entire Koch family.
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Trish Santos
Quincy, IL
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Our family is so sad to hear this. Dr Koch was one if a kind. He was such a special part of Sami’s life and taught her so much, especially giving her confidence to follow her dreams. She had many adventures under Dr Koch, and will never forget the time she spent with him. She was blessed to have him in her life.
From:
Spake Family
Palmyra, MO
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Our condolences. He was a wonderful vet and loved his family, his girls. May his memory be eternal.
From:
Carol Gronewold
Ursa, IL
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Mary, I am so sorry for you and your families loss. He was a great person. You guys are in my prayers.
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Kevin cramm
Mendon, IL
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I'm so sorry Mary for you and your family like you guys my heart is broken I will miss him terribly
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Lynn Priepot
Quincy, IL
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So sorry Mary and family. Sending prayers and hugs!
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Sue and Bernie Woodworth
Mendon, IL
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Our prayers and sympathy to each of you.
From:
Dean and Sue Woodruff
Mendon, IL
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Mary and Family - we are so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. He was a wonderful man and vet - taking care of many of our animals for many years.
From:
Tom Brink
Indianapolis, IN
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My condolences to your entire family. Bill was a wonderful person who will be missed by many friends and family.
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Mark Homan
ursa, IL
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our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God heal you quickly.
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Lana Anderson
Venice, FL
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Mary and Girls,
I was so sad to hear this! I still can't quite believe it. My heart goes out to all of you. Know that I'm thinking and praying for all of you. God has another great person by His side. Love to you all.
From:
Denise Mears
Auburn, IL
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Jennifer & family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I never knew your father but in reading the above memories I see many of his traits in you. He was loved and you were all loved by him. He has left a wonderful legacy of love. Peace & blessings for you all.
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Albertsons Autobody
QUINCY, IL
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So sorry for your loss. Thinking of your family during these times.
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Danny Leyva
Chatham, IL
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So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
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thomas burk
SPRINGFIELD, IL
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Jennifer ,
Pam and I are sending our condolences .
Doc left a great legacy!!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Koch family. ,
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Pat Grom
SAINT FRANCIS, MN
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Bill was a great encourager and friend to many of us in Veterinary College. We lost touch many years ago, but kept up with his escapades through our class newsletter. I know he will be missed by so many. My prayers are with you.
From:
Evelyn Hildebrand
Taylorville, IL
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My deepest sympathy to the family!
Sorry for your loss!
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Jane Brink Luke
Broadview Heights, OH
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He was a great cousin. So sorry for your loss
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Carla Utterback
Odessa, MO
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Julie—Our family is praying for you and your entire family.
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Bill and Mary Nisbet
Mendon, IL
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Our thoughts and prayers with the Koch family at this difficult time. RIP Doc Koch.
From:
Angie Byrd
loraine, IL
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Such a nice man. He will be greatly missed by many.
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Bert Freiburg Family
Quincy, IL
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We send our Sincere Sympathy to Mary and the “Koch girls” families. We had may a good time growing up. He will certainly be missed.
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Markv&Laura Goehl
Quincy, IL
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Mary I can't tell you how much we will miss talking and visiting Doc. We are here for all of you. Prayers and hugs.
From:
Larry & Kelli Smith
Hendersonville, TN
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To our dearest friends. May GOD surround you and your family in your time of heartbreak. I am so saddened by this news and know we are here for you. Anything you need. Prayers!!!
From:
Marjorie Hyer
Mendon,, IL
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Love and prayers to you all Koch family. He was a good friend to us the Jack Hyers and everyone will miss him.
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Marjorie Hyer
Mendon, IL
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Love and sympaathy to all the Kock family. He was a good friend to the Jack Hyers and everyone will miss him. God bless you all.
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Bob Kratochvil
Aurora, IL
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Have looked up to Bill for about 50 years as an older brother, not just a brother-in-law. He loved to laugh, would talk to you and was knowledgable about any subject, and always lent a helping hand. Above all was a great husband to my sister and father to my nieces. Am so sad at the loss, but in a way it is selfish. He once talked to me about heaven, and am sure he is with his folks, my folks, and passed friends, as he hoped one day he would do, in total happiness.To my sister and nieces, love you all and God bless and keep.
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Richard l Koch
QUINCY, IL
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Bill was such a great guy. He was always a pleasure to be around: always a smile, always looked on the bright side.
I will miss my cousin even though we didn't get to spend much time together. He always bragged on the "Koch Girls" while I bragged on my "Koch Boys"
Love and prayers to the family.
From:
Mary Alsup
Springfield, IL
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Jennifer and family,
I’m so very sorry for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time!

Mary Alsup
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Tom Arnold
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Doc will always have a special place in my heart. Mary I feel for your loss. I am sure all my prayers were not in vain. Godspeed Doc
Al
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Jim and Peggy Hesse
Mendon, IL
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The Hesse Family wishes to send our condolences to you Mary and your family. Such good memories of Bill coming out the farm working cattle and checking 4H cattle for our kids.
From:
Jason Schutte
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I will always remember Dr. Koch coming to our farm to work cattle. He was a true character. My condolences for your loss.
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Linda Sliwa
Springfield, IL
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Wow! What an amazing life he lead! God bless him and the whole family in these trying times πŸ’•
From:
Raymond L Kusnerz
BARTLETT, IL
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my deepest condolences to his family...he was a good vet school classmate and a great vet
From:
Kay Tate
Liberty, IL
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Mary and Jamie,
I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
From:
Kay (Venicombe) Seaver
Quincy, IL
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I am so sorry to hear about your losing your husband. It's quite a loss for you and my heart bleeds for you. Prayers!
From:
Terry Hestet
Mendon, IL
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So sorry for your loss.. Bill was a great friend and vet.. He loved his family and friends my deepest sympathy for the Koch family ...
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Brenda
Quincy, IL
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Mary and girls I’m so sorry for your loss. May Bill Rest In Peace and May you and the girl find comfort. Prayers for all of you he was a good man .
From:
Pam & Don Arnold
Barry, IL
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To all of Bill”s girls ( including Mary). You all have meant so much to us & so many people! You all are such sweet, Christian women. May God be with you all at this difficult time.πŸ™πŸΌ
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Lark Derrig
Kewaunee, WI
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I remember Bill as a best friend and vet classmate and surgery partner over 45 year ago and am crying for you..he will be missed always. My Bob and Bill will be together in heaven now sharing vet memories. Friends forevermore. ><>
From:
Chris and Jeff Inman
O'Fallon, MO
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So sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family. RIP, cousin.
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Alvin & Janet Ohnemus
Payson, IL
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We are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed talking to Bill. He had the ability to make everyone laugh. Bill always stood up for what was right. We appreciate all of his help that he gave us over the years. He's probably telling jokes to everyone in heaven right now. Mary, prayers to you and your family.
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Bob & Lynn Harbison
Divernon, IL
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Jennifer & Family, we are so very sorry about your Dad. I know he had to be a wonderful person and Dad because we know Jennifer and he taught you to be a caring, loving person you are, as I’m sure he taught all of you girls. You have been in our thoughts and prayers.
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Joe and Darlene Wietholder
Mendon, IL
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The entire Wietholder Family send our sincere sympathy to you Mary and Family. We have such good memories of Bill. He was a mass server at our wedding. I square danced with him in 4-H.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May he rest in peace in Heaven. Our love and hugs go out to you, May God be with you and comfort you now.
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kathy mowen
Fowler, IL
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what a wonderful vet and Great man.
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kathy mowen
Fowler, IL
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Dale and Jenny Hilgenbrinck
Quincy, IN
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Jean... and family. Sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. We are faithful attendees of the Adams Cnty Fair and were very appreciative of his dedication to that organization. Dad's are very precious and your Dad was one of the best. Our sympathy... may he Rest in the Peace of the Lord. Fellow St. Anthony Parishioners.
From:
Janet Johnson Hunter
Quincy, IL
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Bill was a man that everyone respected. My prayers go out to the family.
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Bob and Judy Haistings
Quincy, IL
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Our condolences to Mary and the "Koch Girls". Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
I will miss the fishing trips we planned to take together. I will miss working on farm projects together.
I will miss our discussions about politics and life. I will miss the exchange of stories of days gone by.
Most of all, I will miss my best friend Bill.
From:
Jarah McAdams
Winchester, IL
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What am amazing life, full of many accomplishments and good deeds! My thoughts go out to you and your family, Jill.
From:
Seeber Family
Ursa, IL
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We’re so sorry for your loss! Bill was a wonderful man and a great neighbor. He was very generous and wonderful with our granddaughters! He will be missed! You are all in our hearts and prayers!
From:
Jeremy and Denise Tallcott
Mendon, IL
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Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. What a remarkable man he was. He will forever be a role model to many. So much love your way.
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Janice Olkin (Freiburg)
Fortuna, CA
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My best memory of Bill was when as a kid I leg tackled him. Of course, I got the wind knocked out of me and Pat and Jackie consoled meπŸ˜‰. I can’t imagine your family’s loss. Heartfelt condolences.
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Thomas Vitale
Los Angeles, CA
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My uncle Bill was a very warm, caring soul. My aunt Mary and he took me in when I was struggling with anxiety at Quincy University.

I remember going out to his plot of land and knocking down trees and digging up dirt so he could build his fishing pond. Made this city boy feel like a rough and tumble country kid!!

This time with him meant so much to me and helped me grow into the man I am today. I am sure my story is not a unique one, and that he touched many, many more lives.

He will be missed by us here on earth, but his spirit is resting in eternal paradise.

Much Love,
Tommy
From:
Heather Genenbacher
Liberty, IL
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Bill was our family vet for years. He always brought Tootsie pops for me and my siblings. He was always kind and had a warm smile. Bill was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.
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Karen Jingst
Liberty, IL
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Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Always enjoined when Bill and you could attend the LHS class of 68 reunion.
From:
DOROTHY TOURNEAR
OCALA, FL
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DOC. KOCH , WE WILL MISS YOU. YOU ARE A ONE OF A KIND AMAZING , VERY SMART , VERY FRIENDLY , AWESOME & VERY HARDWORKING VETERINARY DOCTOR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR TAKING CARE OF MY 3 AWESOME BABIES - GIO BRYAN , MIKKO MEOW & MINGMING. WE HAVE A VERY HIGH RESPECT TO YOU.
From:
Carole Calvert
Sulphur Springs, TX
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I'm so sorry for the loss of this great man. He was my vet for my horses and pets. I know that his family and community will miss him terribly.
From:
Deb Street
Quincy, IL
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My sympathy to you Jean and your family, so sorry to hear you lost your dad,my thoughts and prayers are with you.
From:
Kent Anderson
QUINCY, IL
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Mary and family. I went to High School with Myron (Bill) and he was a friend. I enjoyed working with him with my pet. Praying for all of you.
From:
Connie Fonza
Quincy, IL
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Dear Mary: I was sorry to hear about Dr. Koch. I am praying for you and your girls. God bless all of you.