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Henry Elwin Koch
Retired iron worker
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Henry Elwin Koch, 77, entered into rest on December 11, 2010 in Manteca, California. He was born on July 1, 1933 in Marble Falls, Texas, to the late Mr. and Mrs. William and Kate Koch. Family and friends knew Henry as “Hank.” He grew up in Escalon graduating from Escalon High School.  He proudly served his country for 9 years in the United States Air Force.

While serving his country, Hank was the pitcher for the Air Force baseball team. He retired after 35 years of service from the Iron Workers Union. Among his many accomplishments, he was an excellent softball pitcher; pitching many “no hitters” for over 15 years in the Manteca area. Hank loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He is survived by his loving companion of 25 years Alice Lawellin, as well as Alice’s children whom he loved dearly: Jon and Debbie Questo, Rick and Chere Lawellin, Brad and Sherry Steele. He was blessed with 5 grandchildren; Christopher, Janelle, Taylor Rose, Nicholas and Reanee. His surviving brothers are Theodore, George, Kenneth and Seth Koch. Survivors are sisters are Nella Sorrenti, Clara Phinney and Nita Boutin, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In Hank’s honor a visitation and services will be held on Monday, Dec. 20,, 2010. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by his service at 10:30 a.m.; both will be held at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 N. Union Road, Manteca.  He will be laid to rest at Burwood cemetery. An online guest book is available at  search under obituaries. Memorials can be sent to Hospice of San Joaquin 3888 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA 95204.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010