Keith Millard Koch, 82, of Lanesboro, died Friday, March 8, 2013, at his home of cancer, surrounded by his family.

Keith Millard Koch was born March 31, 1930, in Preston, Iowa, to Henry and Lula A. (Miller) Koch. He attended school and then joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951-1953. On Oct. 28, 1953, he married Norma Johnson in Wyoming, Iowa. The couple lived in Preston, Minn., where he farmed from 1973 to 1989. They then moved to Lanesboro in 1989. He worked for Strongwell for 20 years. Norma was a housewife.

He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff. He enjoyed his family, grandkids, and spending time with friends and family. He did enjoy working.

He is survived by his wife, Norma; four children, Kenneth (Karen), of Fountain, Kevin (Janelle), of Chatfield, Karen (Jeff) Erath, of Dexter and Dale (Becky) Koch, of Preston; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Donald (Marge), of Moline, Ill., Leonard, of Clinton, Iowa, and Harold (Betty), of Sabula, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lula, a brother, John Koch, and sister-in-law, Francis Koch.

Funeral service were held Tuesday, March 12, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff, with the Rev. Becky Timm officiating. Burial will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Johnson-Riley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. 507-867-4310 /