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Steven F. Koch - 69

7/10/1949 - 9/2/2018

Toledo, IA

     Steven Farley Koch, of Toledo, Iowa, passed away peacefully at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, surrounded by his wife and daughters, on Sunday, September 2, 2018.  Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday September 8th at the Pape Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery.   


     Steve was the first born to Patricia Farley Koch Schmitz and Jim Koch, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on July 11, 1949.  Steve attended Clinton schools and graduated from CHS in 1967. While attending Ottawa University in Kansas, Steve discovered his first career love in the theater. As an original member of the Old Creamery Theater, then located in Garrison, Iowa, Steve accidentally encountered his second work love while removing bees from his home and launched The Bee Plantation, and his second career began.

     An independent spirit with a technical curiosity, Steve, from an early age couldn’t resist disassembling bikes, motorcycles, radios, a Hammond organ and even a Fender Stratocaster to learn how things worked. The family basement and garage were always filled with mysterious widgets, much to his mother’s dismay.  Steve maintained The Bee Plantation but found additional occupations as a volunteer EMT in Dysart, IA and Fulton, IL and as an auto technician. He was also an adjunct professor at Iowa Valley Community College in Grinnell.

     Steve is survived by his wife, Jananne (Blackburn) of Toledo, two daughters, Sarah (Mark) Goldstein of Arden, NC, and Abbe Koch (Greg) Huizenga of Fulton, IL; step-children, Mitchell Blackburn of Cedar Rapids, Michael Bouthilette, and Shannon Blackburn of Toledo, Iowa; six grandchildren are Alden, Blaze, Lestat, Izak, Zyla and Elijah; his mother, Patricia Schmitz of Clinton; sisters, Ann (Steve) Sheller, of Clinton, Prisha (Tom) Malone of Tallahassee, FL; a brother, Tom Koch of Holliston, MA, sister-in-law, Bernie Koch of Clinton, IA; and Penny Murphy, Sarah and Abbe’s mother, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews across the country.  Steve was preceded in death by his father, Jim Koch and brother, Dave Koch.




Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.


Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday September 8th at the Pape Funeral Home.


  • Patty and Jules Goldstein

    on 09/04/18

    It is our pleasure to have met and spend time with Steve.  He was so personable and gentle.  We send our sincere condolences to Steve’s family; you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.  May his soul Rest In Peace.  With love, Patty and Jules 

  • Bob and Nancy Countryman

    on 09/04/18

    Abbe and Sarah, 

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Steve's family and friends.

  • Marcia Rus

    on 09/05/18

    Abbey & Family, My Deepest Sympathy, & condolences at this time of loss. I'm so glad I got to meet your dad last summer, & get to visit with him at your cookout. Love& Hugs , Marcia
  • Walt Richardson

    on 09/05/18

    Steve was such an interesting Intelligent man and great to work with. I will miss Steve at Iowa Valley. God Bless Steve and his family. 

  • Jeff Finch

    on 09/06/18

    Jananne and family, let me extend our deepest sympathies from Steve's "extended family" at Wes Finch Auto Plaza.  Steve was a great coworker when he worked here. Steve always looked for the good in people and had other's best interests at heart when repairing and maintaining there vehicles.  And when he became "The professor" At Iowa Valley Community College" it was always fun and interesting to see him teaching and catching up with his educating progress when he brought his students to the dealership.  

    May God Bless Steve Koch and his family.....take care.

    Jeff Finch......Wes Finch Auto Plaza.

  • Jared Johnston

    on 09/06/18

    I want to send my thoughts and prayers to all of the Koch family at this time.  I had the pleasure of working with Steve for many years as a coworker at Wes Finch and more recently seeing him in his role as an educator.  Steve was such a kind and gentle man, and it was great to know him, visit with him, and call him a friend.  He always had time to answer questions for people and boy did he have some great honey!  He will be greatly missed.

  • Marilyn Finch

    on 09/06/18

     My thoughts and prayers and with the family.

    Steve was a very thoughtful and quite person.  When he worked at Wes Finch Auto Plaza he did always had the customers' best interests in mind.  He had  great attitude and although quite he was kind and wanted to do what was best for all.

    He had bees at his home and once I found this out I ask did he make honey.  He said he did and ask if I would like him to bring me some.  He did bring some and that started a running order.  When I was out of honey he would bring me more.

    It was so good. 

    Steve will be missed by many and we are better for have known Steve.

    God Bless all of the Koch Family





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