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Charles Koch

Charles H. Koch

Tuesday, May 4th, 1948 - Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
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Charles Henry (Jim) Koch

Charles Henry Koch (Jim), 72, of Storrs died on February 9 after a 17-year battle with autoimmune vasculitis. He never gave up. Jim was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on May 4, 1948, son of the late Edgar Koch and Jeannie (Adams) Koch. He grew up in Woodbury, CT, attended Marianapolis Preparatory School and graduated from Manchester High School. Jim received a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree from the University of Connecticut. Jim was a resident of Storrs since the 1970’s, and was one of the founders of the small but ever popular Gurleyville Fourth of July Parade. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 37 years, Wendy (Hamilton) Koch, and his Labrador Retrievers, Porter and Joe.

He was a research faculty member in Physics and then in the Metallurgy Department at University of Connecticut where he received a patent for a “Method and Apparatus for Fingerprint Detection and Analysis”. Jim was known for his intelligence, wit, and generosity as a friend and teacher. He trained for over 40 years in Uechi Ryu Karate in the Hartford/Willimantic/Storrs area and held a sixth-degree black belt. Throughout his life, he served as a teacher, mentor, and role model. Jim was gifted, curious and intelligent, and shared his passions with all who would listen and participate. He lived life to the fullest. Jim was competitive in bicycle racing, Karate, and all athletic endeavors he chose to pursue. He enjoyed motorcycles, sports cars, scuba diving, racquet sports, skiing, sailing, fishing, photography and hunting. He restored and drove many sports cars over his lifetime including a 1967 Porsche Targa 911S. Jim traveled frequently with his wife and friends. He was steadfast, loyal and true to those lucky enough to be called his friends.

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Kathy Cipriani

Posted at 06:05pm
Dear Wendy,
My sincere condolences on the death of your husband, Jim. I remember him attending the PRLRC shows with you.
May you find comfort in your many happy memories of him.
Kathy Cipriani

Brian Batherson

Posted at 09:58am
Dear Wendy, I am so sorry to hear about Jim's passing recently. I know he was a fierce competitor and he fought hard to meet the challenge he was faced with. I have witnessed your resilience and strength during this time as well. I am grateful for having known Jim through these years. I will always remember seeing Jim run around Uconn's track while I was rollerbladding around the perimeter. While I had a pretty good sweat going, Jim asked whether I was getting a workout in or not! Ha ha. I know a little about Jim's taste in music and as I write this note Van Morrison is playing in the background.
With sympathy, Brian Batherson

Wayne Reiske

Posted at 02:37pm
I was saddened when I read of Jim’s passing. He had certainly gone through a lot in the past years. You were such a devoted wife.
I remember the times you and Jim would come through the airport on your way to France and he was always enthusiastic about getting away. A rented house to mix in with the locals and not be a tourist he looked forward to. It was always my great pleasure to be able to take care of your travel arrangements from little old Bradley airport to Charles de Gaulle. Wendy, you will always remember those fond memories with Jim along with the others you shared.
With Heartfelt Sympathy.
Wayne Reiske


Nancy Wargo

Posted at 05:45pm
Joe and I were very sad to read about Jim's passing. We met Jim and Wendy when my dad and Jim shared a room at Woodlake. We always looked forward to seeing Jim and marveled at the wonderful home cooked meals Wendy would bring to him every day. We have though of Jim so often since those days. He was charming and intelligent. We enjoyed many laughs and conversations with him. Jim always looked forward and never complained about the challenges he faced. Obviously Jim was one of those people that once you met him you never forgot his strong spirit and positive attitude. Certainly we didn't. We send our deepest sympathies to you Wendy as well as other family members and friends who knew him better than we did. We can only imagine the stories you have to tell!
Nancy and Joe Wargo

Toni Moran

Posted at 12:20pm
I was so sorry to read of Jim's death and his long battle with disease. My husband Tom Moran worked with Jim in the physics department, rode bikes with him and trained with him for a number of years before Tom got sick in 1997. Jim was a treasured friend. Sometimes I wished they weren't such great friends, as when Jim persuaded him to try getting stung by bees as a way to treat arthritis, or when Tom tried to match him in karate and got rock hard muscles that weren't all that much fun to snuggle with. The day Tom found a just killed dear on the side of the road and called Jim to help dress and butcher it resulted in our eating roadkill for months (delicious,though). He was a good friend and I know you will miss him greatly. Please accept my condolences on your loss.

Toni Moran

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