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Sebastian Koch of Macomb, IL-d. 1945-obituary
Posted by: Debbie (ID *****3195) Date: September 24, 2003 at 18:01:37
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The Daily Journal, Macomb, Illinois, Thursday, June 28, 1945, page 2

Man Stricken At His Home

Sebastian Koch, a Macomb policeman for many years, died suddenly, apparently of a heart attack, at his home at 230 West Jackson street about seven o'clock this morning. He was 81 years, five months, and 27 days old.

His daughter, Mrs. Marie Arnold, who lived with him, found him dead in a chair with a newspaper on his lap. He had had a number of heart attacks but was able to work as usual yesterday and never complained of illness, Coroner Jake Davis reported. He will conduct the inquest at the Dodsworth-Piper funeral home at eight o'clock tonight.

Funeral services will probably be held Saturday morning, depending upon the arrival of a son, George Koch, from South Bend, Ind. Friends may call at the home after seven o'clock this evening.

Mr. Koch, served on the city night police force for twenty years. In his later years he has served as janitor at the St. Paul Catholic church and school. He took pride in ringing the church bell promptly for many years. He was a member of the Catholic church all his life. He was also a charter member of the Knights of Columbus lodge and was grand knight for several terms.

He was born in the province of Hohenzollern, Germany, on Dec. 31, 1863, and came to Macomb 65 years ago.

He was married to Margaret Burke in 1892. She predeceased him. To this union were born two children, George of South Bend, Ind., and Mrs. Arnold, of this city. He is also survived by two brothers, John Koch of Indianapolis, Ind., and Joseph Koch of Burlington, Ia. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Patricia, Jerry, Robert, Connie Koch of South Bend, Ind., Pvt. Robert Arnold of Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Barbara Jean, Donald, and Dorothy Arnold of this city.

The Daily Journal-Macomb, IL-Friday, June 29, 1945, page 2

Attribute Koch Death to Angina Pectoris

Sebastian Koch, 81, who was found dead in a chair of his home here yesterday morning, died as a result of angina pectoris, a heart ailment, a coroner's jury decided at the inquest held by Coroner Jake Davis at the Dodsworth-Piper funeral home, last evening.

His daughter, Mrs. Marie Arnold, testified that he had suffered four heart attacks in the past few years. She said he worked about five hours at the Catholic cemetery the day before his death and that he might have worked too hard, considering the heat that day. It was the first time that he had worked there since Memorial Day. Members of the coroner's jury were Clyde Gilfrey, Julia McCutcheon, J.F. Logan, Harry Dougherty, Richard Bailey, and, M. H. Simmons.

Funeral rites for Sebastian Koch will be conducted Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Paul's church by Father M. A. Coffey. Interment in St. Paul's Cemetery. Friends may call at the residence.
The rosary will be said this evening at 8 o'clock.

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