Denzil (Dennis) Raymond KOCH

Denzil (Dennis) Raymond

It is with the deepest sadness that the family of Dennis Koch announces his sudden death on September 17, 2006 at 62 years old.

Dennis was predeceased by his twin siblings Gerald and Geraldine, mother, Madeleine, stepmother, Christina, father Emanuel, his brother-in-law Jamie and his father-in-law James Stewart. He is survived by his wife Karen and his children Dawn and Laura, (Carol), Sarah, Stewart, Tiffany and Travis. His loved his grandchildren Tanner, Jenny, Alex, Sabrina, Trinity, and Brendan. He will be remembered by his “adopted family” Tony, Shawn and Melissa and Debbie, Aaron, Tyler, Joel and his ­special girl, Haley. He is survived by his siblings Marguerite, Ruby, Leslie and Don and their families. Karen’s family was his family; his mother-in-law Lorna, Laurie (Vickie), Leslie (John) and Kelley (Michael) and their families will also grieve his loss.

Dennis and Karen have been ­foster parents for the last 28 years and Dennis adored his babies. He has been papa to D for the last 2-1/2 years. They loved to watch Treehouse on TV and just hang out and she is lost without him.

Dennis belonged to Mission Wings Flying Club and lived to build his beautiful planes. He started as a control-line builder, flier and competitor and accumulated many trophies. He trained and got his pilot’s license and flew his beloved 2-seater Cessna “Angel” for awhile and then his 4-seater “Gypsy”. The kids took many flights with their dad and Travis loved to do “up and downs”. Tiffany was the flour-bombing expert. There was a pause in model-building and flying while the children were little and later with a little more time on his hands he got back into flying and started to fly radio-control models. He loved to go to the field and have coffee and fly. The guys down at the field always had cookies for the kids. He had only been home about 20 minutes from a fly-in he had attended all that morning with our little boy.

Dennis was a hard-working, reliable truck-driver since he was 20 years old. He was content with his job and looked forward to retirement. We had purchased land in the Shuswap and he had fallen in love with his 2 acres. He had been raised on a farm in Alberta and he was so excited with all the plans he had for all of us. Trees, goats, ponies for the little girls and boys, and a cabin for all of us figured in the plans.

After discussion with all the ­family there will be no formal service. He will be cremated and in June 2007, family and friends and anyone who wishes to make the trip will go to Celista to “Cedar Meadows” where we will build a rock cairn where Dennis and his dog Blue can remain forever at peace. He can watch the land for us when we aren’t there and remind us how happy it made him when we go up there to stay.

I would like to sincerely thank Irene, Vanessa and all my co­workers at MSA and MMH Hospitals, my friends, neighbors, my ­family and my wonderful children for their support. I would also like to thank the Rescue Team and the Paramedics who worked so hard to keep Dennis here. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation gratefully accepted.

He had already found heaven at his “Cedar Meadows”. ‘We will miss you ’til we meet again someday’. Love always, Karen and all the family.

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