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Warren H. Koch

October 29, 1923 — March 24, 2024

Manchester, NH

   Warren H. Koch, 100, of Manchester, NH died Sunday, March 24, 2024, at RiverWoods, Manchester with family by his side after a period of declining health.

   He was born on October 29, 1923, in the Bronx, NY, the son of Elsie (Ruesch) and Henry G. Koch, and raised in Floral Park, NY. Warren graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where he met his wife Dorothy Van Siclen, to whom he was married for more than 73 years. He was predeceased by Dottie in 2023.

   In 1942, Warren enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. While in flight school, he traveled the U.S. earning his wings to pilot B-24 bombers at age 21. As a Second Lieutenant with a crew of nine, he traversed the South Pacific during the latter stages of World War II. At the war’s conclusion, he ferried Australian and British POWs from internment camps towards home. 

Warren spent his entire working life in accounting at AT&T’s Manhattan headquarters. After retiring from AT&T in 1982, he digitized the Somerset Hills, NJ YMCA accounting system. As a Vestry member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Gladstone, NJ, he was involved in the construction of St. Luke’s Village. Warren’s second retirement to New Hampshire included many years as treasurer of Grace Episcopal Church. 

   Warren’s life revolved around work and his family, and he and Dottie found great joy in their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Some of his favorite times were weeks spent with extended family at Camp Canaras in the Adirondacks. He was an active tennis player in his 70s and played golf into his latter 80s.

   He is survived by his daughter Barbara Hickok and husband Jeffrey, of Manchester; son Lawrence Koch and wife Patricia, of Savannah, GA; four grandchildren: Elizabeth Moser and husband Link, of Loudon, NH; Andrew Hickok and wife Andrea Klayman, of Cape Elizabeth, ME; Peter Koch and wife Anna Baker, of Parker, CO; and Madeline Koch of Alexandria, VA; and eight great-grandchildren: Lily, Henry, Eve, Elsie, Annabel, Theodore, Aurora and Skye. He was pre-deceased by his sisters Muriel Ernstmeyer and Doris Hicks.

   The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of the Lodge at RiverWoods for their years of caring support.

   SERVICES:  A memorial service will be held Friday, April 12, at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 106 Lowell St., Manchester. A reception will follow in the church’s Great Hall. The burial will take place in NH State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH at a later date. 

   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to FUTURE IN SIGHT, New Hampshire’s association for those with impaired sight at www.futureinsight.org or by sending a check to Future in Sight, 25 Walker Street, Concord, NH 03301. 

   Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester is assisting the family with arrangements. 

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