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Barry E. Koch, 76, Neosho, Mo., entered into rest on October 5, 2017, at his home in Neosho, surrounded by his loving family, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Barry was born March 26, 1941, in Denver, Colo., the son of Arlis and Margaret (Sherif) Koch. He moved to the Joplin area in 1962 and to Newton County in 1966.
He worked for the City of Neosho as parks superintendent and then co-owned and operated Big Spring Nursery for over 12 years. He was honored in 1984 by the Soroptimist Club for his works and accomplishments with the City of Neosho by a Proclamation of Barry Koch day; and a marker was placed in the Big Spring Park in his honor. He also loved gardening, fishing, drawing and painting and was a Master Gardner. He was a member of the Newtonia United Methodist Church for 39 years and was a member of the Neosho United Methodist Church for the last 11 years. He was active in the Methodist Men's Group, was a Sunday school teacher, and currently served as a trustee.
Barry married Sharon Hulsey on September 8, 1963, in Joplin. She survives.
Additional survivors include three children, M'lle Cook and husband, Alan, of Granby, Scott Koch and wife, Michelle, of Temple, Texas, and Sandi Longman and husband, Brian, of Diamond; six grandchildren, Breanna, Chelsey, Cameron, Katie, Ashlyn and Alyssa; and two brothers, Ron Koch and wife, Sharon, and Jim Koch and wife, Corine, all of Carl Junction. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sandra Koch.
Services will be Monday, October 9, at 2 p.m. at the Neosho United Methodist Church. Pastor Mitch Jarvis will officiate. The family will receive friends on Sunday at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, from 2 to 4 p.m. The casket will be closed following the visitation and remain closed. Following funeral services, Barry will be taken for cremation.
Contributions, in memory of Barry, may be made to the Neosho United Methodist Church, in care of Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Published on October 6, 2017
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