Harold R. Koch, age 88 of Sabula, IA, passed away suddenly Thursday May 20, 2021 at his home. Funeral services will be held 11:30 AM Monday May 24th at Church of the Open Door in Clinton. Visitation will be held Monday 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM at the Church. A luncheon will be served at the church after the service. Following the luncheon the burial will be held at Miles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be his five grandsons, Curtis, Gabe, Luke, Seth, and Evan and grandson-in-laws, John and Kyle. Honorary pallbearers are Tom Tucker and Kevin Kienzle. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.

Harold was born on March 10, 1933 in Preston, IA, the son of Henry and Lula (Miller) Koch. He married the love of his life Betty Thomsen on May 5, 1957 in Miles, IA.

Faith and family were the most important things to Harold. He attended the Church of the Open Door. He also enjoyed Bible studies, Man of God meetings at the Church and sharing the word of God, and praying for many. Harold enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities.

Harold loved life to the fullest and had a very adventurous spirit. He enjoyed traveling the world and visited all 50 states. Even up to his last days he always looked forward to planning his next adventure. He particularly enjoyed taking his family and good friends snow skiing.

Harold loved all kinds of music, singing and dancing. Harold and Betty enjoyed 60 years playing Pinochle as well as many years playing 500 with good friends.

Harold was a farmer his entire life raising hogs and feeding cattle. In later years he also was in sales of seed corn and pole buildings.

Harold is survived by his best friend and wife of 64 years, Betty Koch of Sabula; four children, Elyse (Matthew) Spooner of Clinton, David (Pamela) Koch of Sabula, Julie (William) Empen of Clinton, and Kristine (Larry) Brennan of Clinton; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; his brother Leonard Koch of Clinton; his sisters-in-law, Norma Koch of Minnesota and Ruth Kleinow of Monticello, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Bradley, and three brothers, John, Keith, and Donald.