In Memory of

Val Dean Koch

June 18, 1933 - July 21, 2022
From: Cherokee, IA
Val Dean Koch, 89, of Cherokee, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2022 surrounded by family.
Val Dean was born on June 18, 1933, in Norfolk, NE, to Mildred (Albers) and Fred Koch. Val Dean graduated from Aurelia High School in 1952. Following graduation, he traveled to Washington DC and worked in the F.B.I. in the office of J. Edgar Hoover. Val then entered the United States Air Force and served for four years.
Val met Margaret “Peg” Hix at the Cobblestone in Storm Lake where they were often found cutting a rug. Val and Peg were united in marriage in 1958. Val and Peg went on to have five children: Scott, Susan, Julie, Mike, and Katie.
Along with maintaining his farm, Val spent his working years in sales until he retired in 1998 from Garst Seed Company.
Val enjoyed his farm, planting flowers, golfing, fishing, the drawing at the Brightside, his family and friends.
Val was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Fred Koch; sister, Ardyce Wolterman; brother-in-laws, Delmar Wolterman, Dale Peterson, and Bob Hix.
Val was survived by his wife, Peg, of 63 years; his five children: Scott(Deb) Koch of Cherokee, Susan Hatch (Rob Kannegieter)of Cherokee, Julie (Jim) Peterson of Washta, Mike (Janelle) Koch of Forest City, and Katie (Steve) Schnoor of Carlisle; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildrens; sister Charlene Peterson; and sister-in-law Kathy Hix.
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Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Rupp
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, with family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 7:00 p.m. prayer service followed by a KOC rosary Wednesday, following visitation.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa

Military rites will be conducted by the L.A. Wescott Post 2253 and the Cherokee American Legion.


Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 11:27 AM
“Sending my deepest sympathy.Your dad and my mom shared some good stories.enjoyed visiting with yr dad.Your dad was a great enjoyed my visits with him.”
- Rhonda jensen
Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 11:27 AM
“So Sorry for your loss!!...Prayers and thoughts go out to your family's !!”
- Dan Hahn
Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 11:27 AM
“Our condolences to Peg and family. When we think of Cherokee, returning, Val was always a must see, a dear friend to our father Don, the kind of man that made each trip all the more special.”
- james johnson
Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 1:12 PM
“Don’s golf buddy. A good old boy and a great friend to the Johnson family. Condolences to Peg and all the family.”
- Jeff Johnson
Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 1:12 PM
“Prayers for all of you. May you find peace knowing he is back to his old self! ”
- Sue Ritts
Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 1:12 PM
“We would like to extend our sympathy to Peg and all of Val's family. You have lost a great guy! Don enjoyed being with Val at the Brightside . He will always remember the fun and stories he told. RIP
- Donald Bright
Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 1:12 PM
“Peg, I'm so very sad to hear about Val. So many good memories of times we spent with you two. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this time. Hope you are in good health too. I think of Cherokee often and miss our friends there. Take care and God bless. Love, Carolyn”
- carolyn wiebe
Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 1:12 PM
“Val was one of a kind! He was one of my favorite dental patients at Dr. Menke's office. He always could make me smile & laugh. Val talked about his family and loved them dearly. Heaven gained a good one, God Bless!”
- Karla Solko
Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 10:46 AM
“Deepest Sympathy to the families of Val Dean, he will be missed by many. May he rest in Peace .”
- Duane Mummert
Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 10:46 AM
“We are sad to hear that our cousin, Val Dean, passed. He lived a full and interesting life, was a hard worker, and loved being surrounded by his family. He will be missed.”
- Phyllis McGrane and Kathy Lowe
Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 10:46 AM
“So sorry and saddened by the loss of this wonderful family man. His family and their love for each other is an expression of the love he had for his family. Well done Val. You will be forever missed but you leave behind many memories that will never be forgotten. Grateful for the opportunity to know you. Rest In Peace. ”
- Linda Etim
Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 10:46 AM
“Val Dean was good guy.I was lucky to of known him.Im very sorry for your loss.Im sure Val Dean,Chuck,and Jack will keep heaven interesting.Love Dewey and Kristi Perrin”
- Dewey Kristi Perrin
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