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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.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. A private gathering will be held at the convenience of the family. For online condolences please visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com.