Dennis Koch

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Dennis Ray Koch, 82, of Hermann, MO, born August 25, 1937, in Hermann, MO, died
peacefully at home, surrounded by his loved ones, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

Denny was born and raised in Hermann. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1955 on his
18th birthday and was honorably discharged in 1961. Denny married Frances Mary Buecker on
May 28, 1960, and they raised their two daughters, Michele and Jan, in Bellefontaine
Neighbors, MO, where they resided until 2002. Denny held several supervisory positions in the
automotive manufacturing industry retiring from A.O. Smith/Tower Automotive in 1999. He
and Fran returned to Hermann where Denny, always curious as to the goings on in town, could
often be seen out and about chatting with friends, acquaintances, and visitors. He leaves behind
many friends in both St. Louis and Hermann.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin William and Olivia Mary, nee Lampkin,
Koch; two grandsons, Matthew Dennis Schlemer and J. Luke Graser; a sister, Marlene Lalk;
and a brother, Donald Koch.

He is survived by his beloved bride of 59 years, Frances Mary, nee Buecker, Koch;
two daughters (lovingly referred to as Beautiful Daughters 1 and 2),
Michele (James) Graser of Fairview Heights, IL,
and Jan Schlemer of St. Louis, MO;
a son-in-law, Rusty Schlemer of Saint Clair Shores, MI;
five grandchildren, Neil (Jenna) Graser, Jon Graser, Jenny Graser,
Katie (Jacques) Mayeux, and Ryan Schlemer;
three great-grandchildren, Jolie, James, and Julia Graser;
a sister-in-law, Donna Koch;
a niece and nephews;
and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or to the
Hermann Fire Department. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

According to Denny’s wishes, his remains were donated to the Gift Body Program at Saint
Louis University. Private family services will be held at a later date.


4 Comments on Dennis Koch

Claudia (Meyer) Selph said : Guest Report Oct 22, 2019 at 9:27 AM

I am so sorry for your loss, our loss as family. We have so many wonderful memories of holidays, and get togethers. I love and miss you Jan and Shelly. Wish I could give Fran and you girls a hug. He will miss.

  • Jefferson City
  • MO
Bob said : Guest Report Oct 22, 2019 at 1:39 AM

So sorry to hear of Denny’s passing. He was a great guy! I always loved running into Denny and reminiscing about the old days in Walt’s Pool Hall. My sincere condolences and prayers for the entire family. ❤️

  • Jacksonville
  • Florida
Theresa said : Guest Report Oct 22, 2019 at 1:19 AM

Very sorry to hear of Denny's passing He was a wonderful neighbor to my mother in law -Lorine and such a nice person

  • Hermann
  • Missouri
Matt Cindi Penning said : Guest Report Oct 22, 2019 at 1:11 AM

Fran and kids, were going to miss our superstar volleyball player. Denny always has a smile and an occasional cold beer. Always being the mayor of downtown Hermann to keep the car wash and downtown in order. He will be sadly missed but those who knew him well always had a good story about him. I’ll miss my little buddy, just remember that guy who yelled out SPIKE FROM THE SECOND ROW. Only one guy could pull it off and that was Denny. Let’s not be sad about loosing him but let’s all agree to look how he made us smile and laugh that’s the friend I remember. Ervin Ollie and Donny will be having a great time and I can’t wait till I see them all again, loved him. Matt Penning

  • Hermann
  • Mo

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