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Kenneth Koch

Kenneth "Spike" Karl Koch Jr.

August 14, 1962 December 3, 2019

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Obituary for Kenneth "Spike" Karl Koch Jr.

Kenneth “Spike” Karl Koch Jr.

8/14/1962- 12/3/2019

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Kenneth suddenly and tragically passed away on December 3, 2019 at the age of 57.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Carmen; his children Sarah (Mathew) Nisbett, Nicholas (Shannon) Koch, Maria (Dylan) Babcock; his parents, Kenneth and Shirley; his father-in-law, Thomas Muscat; his many brother and sister-in-laws; his sisters, Molly, Andrea, and families; his pets, Holly, Reese, and Kitten; and his grand dogs, Seger, Penny, Moose, and Marshmallow. He is preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Mary Muscat.

Spike was a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, and the core of his family. Spike could be described in many ways. He was intelligent, humorous, helpful, persistent, hardworking, confident, innovative, loyal, and a mentor.

Spike was a level 5 mechanic at the City of Ann Arbor who would have been there for the past 21 years on December 14th. He enjoyed mentoring new hires and many young mechanics looked to Spike for his knowledge of fixing trucks. Prior to the past 21 years as a lead mechanic for the City of Ann Arbor, he held many other positions including being a driver for Washtenaw Sand and Gravel, security guard, farmer, and machinist. Previously, Spike was a volunteer firefighter at the Ann Arbor Township Fire Department. He was also an entrepreneur and was always thinking of new business ideas. Spike and Carmen have their own business owning and operating vending machines for the past 20 years. As a young entrepreneur he started many things. He started Koch Farms Trucking where he delivered topsoil and composted manure. In addition, he raised and sold beef cows, which led to him selling a slab of beef to Carmen’s father that began their relationship.

Spike ultimately was a family man. He was very loyal to Carmen and their three kids whom he was incredibly proud of. He supported them in all of their schooling, weddings, and adventures. Spike was active with this family- flying planes, scuba-diving, driving tractors and equipment, updating the house and barn, farming with his son, helping his kids with their houses, and recently taking up the game of golf.

In his spare time he enjoyed playing with his grand dogs, building his retirement shop for welding, fabricating, and machining. Also he enjoyed vegetable gardening and cooking for his family. He had a real passion for unique styles of music and their instruments (Hurdy Gurdy, Moog Synthesizer, Banjo, and Bagpipes). He was an enthusiast of fine liquors and cigars. He was often referred to as a walking encyclopedia.
Spike was taken too soon from his family and friends. He will be forever loved and truly missed. This world will not be the same without him. We are so thankful for all the years we had with him.

Spike, you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. You will live in our hearts forever.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 1-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. at Nie Family Funeral Home; 2400 Carpenter Rd., Ann Arbor, Mi 48108. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019, at 10 a.m. with visitation beforehand at 9:30 a.m. at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church; 530 Elizabeth St, Ann Arbor, Mi 48104. Burial will take place at Washtenong Memorial Park.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday December 8, 2019 | 1:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Carpenter Road Chapel
    2400 Carpenter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Sunday December 8, 2019
    1:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Rosary Service

    Sunday December 8, 2019 | 6:30pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Carpenter Road Chapel
    2400 Carpenter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Sunday December 8, 2019
    6:30pm
  • Second Visitation

    Monday December 9, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:00am
    St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic church
    530 Elizabeth Street
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    Monday December 9, 2019
    9:30am - 10:00am
  • Funeral Mass

    Monday December 9, 2019 | 10:00am
    St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic church
    530 Elizabeth Street
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    Monday December 9, 2019
    10:00am
  • Interment

    Monday December 9, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Washtenong Memorial Park
    3771 Whitmore Lake Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Monday December 9, 2019
    12:30pm
    Procession from Church to Cemetery directly after Funeral Mass

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Gail Cagle

Ken serviced the vending machine here at NEW Center for many years. He was always so friendly and would always ask me if wanted something from the vending machine for free. He was very generous and very knowledgeable about diesel trucks. He answered many questions for me. I'm heartbroken that he is gone and will miss his smiling face. My symphathy to his wife and children.
Gail Cagle
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Todd Tice

Carmen, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. We have never met, but I grew up down Warren Rd, from Spike. In 7th grade I would get off the bus, skip homework, and go up to the farm and meet up with Spike, and we would work on the farm until dinner. I still saw him from time to time through the late 80’s. He was everything that was mentioned in the announcement. Please give my condolences to Kenny & Shirley as well.
Sincerely,
Todd Tice
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Whelan Family

With deepest sympathy, we will miss the great stories, history and advice around the farm.
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Kristi Leigh Mawby

Carmen, our condolences on the loss of a wonderful man. Your husband was an interesting, generous, and caring family man. His presence will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.
The Mawby Family
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Nancy and Dale Scratch

With deep sympathy
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