In Memory

Neil Donald Koch - Class Of 1956

Neil Donald Koch

Neil Donald Koch  

November 26, 1938 - February 18, 2009

Neil was born in Stillwater, Minnesota and moved to California in 1953, graduating from South Pasadena High School in 1956.  In 1956 he entered the Navy, continuing on to flight school in Pensacola, Florida as a Naval Cadet. He was in the top of his class and was chosen to join the ranks of fighter pilot among the nation's elite.  He transferred to the Marine Corps where he flew among the best, including those selected to Top Gun.  It was then that he met his wife, Sandy, when he was stationed at El Toro in 1959.

Neil spent 20+ years as a Marine Corps fighter pilot serving in a variety of duties throughout the world.  He spent time on carriers as well as completing three tours in Vietnam, eventually retiring from Yuma Marine Corps Air Station having achieved the rank of major.

During the next 17 years, Neil and his wife Sandy and son Karl, settled down in San Diego where he worked for several companies including director of sales for Bebco.

In 1993 he retired from the public sector and moved with his wife to Sisters, Oregon to enjoy the beautiful country and incredible people.  Neil was very involved in the community, including membership in the Sisters Kiwanis, High Desert Corvettes, YMCA Desert Warriors, and enjoying most mornings with some of his favorite friends at Rays Market.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandy, son Karl, grandsons Connor and Colin of Indianapolis, and his sister Donna Hassel of Minnesota.  He will surely be missed by all.

The Bulletin (Bend, Oregon), February 27, 2009

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10/12/09 02:11 PM #1    

Mike McMillen (1958)

Neil was a good friend and neighbor for many years. We double dated and pretty much grew up together. He lived directly across the street from me on Milan Ave. in So. Pas. I wish this web site had started many years ago because I didn't know that he lived in Oregon from 1993 on. I moved to Washington in 1990 and I could have connected with him at sometime during that time period. I was also with him at the time that he met his wife Sandy. I hope she remembers. Sincerely, Mike McMillen

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