Carole Turner Koch, 85 passed away on June 26, 2021 at her home in Columbia Falls. Carole was born in Lepanto, Arkansas on January 31, 1936. She was born to Delbert and Louise Turner. Carole joined a family of two brothers and one sister. Later another girl was added to the family.
Carole was raised and educated in Three Rivers, Michigan. There she developed her love of the outdoors. The Three Rivers Bible Church was her mentor and her guide during her growing up years.
At the age of 18, Carole went to Western Michigan University. There she obtained the first and most important of her degrees. She struggled to find enough money, working and taking all the odd jobs she could. In the summers she worked on the South American Cruise Ship that sailed the Great Lakes. Carole would go on to obtain more degrees and attend four more Universities.
Carole married and divorced Tom Logan and produced her two children, Eric Logan and Alicia Logan. Her children were a joy to her and gave her 5 grandchildren.
Carole taught the Hearing Impaired in both Michigan and Nevada for a total of 31 years. Carole married Andrew Koch Jr. and they resided in the Columbia Falls area for many years. Together they built and sold five homes. In the retirement years, they traveled the world over, and Carole took in the outdoors in many forms. She and Andrew were known for their vegetable garden and beautiful yard. They were active in Columbia Falls, St. Richard’s, the Kalispell Duplicate Bridge Club and Glacier View Golf Course.
She proceeded in death by her parents, her step-father, Smitty, her brothers Harold and Bill, and her dear sister, Jessie. Also her beloved aunt, Zona Pryor. One of the sad elements of her life was the passing of her family before they reached their older years.
She is survived by her children, Eric and Alicia. Her beloved sister and best friend Helen and her husband Roger of 60 years. Also her grandchildren Alexa, Jennifer, Ryan, and Alex. She is also survived by a treasured niece, Julie McHugh and her family. Also nephews, nieces, and many people in the large Koch family.
Memorial services for Carole will be held July 20th at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Richard Catholic Church in Columbia Falls. Carole will be interred in the Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls is caring for the family.
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