KOCH, Orval Francis

Orval lost his courageous eight year battle with cancer on June 5th, 2012. In the comfort of his home, he passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his wife, Dyana.

Orval was born in Lashburn, Saskatchewan in 1944. He lived in several places prior to settling in Vernon in 1969. Orval worked at Consumers Glass for many years – retiring in 2004. He was an avid fisherman and bowler. One could usually find him enjoying one or the other. Orval served as a member of the Saskatchewan Militia and later became an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Orval is survived by his loving wife, Dyana; three daughters: Diana (Dan) Wilson, Trina Koch, and Kristina (Anthony) Lanza; five grandchildren: Shelby, Sasha, Michael, Joshua, and Kimberly; his brother, Ken and his wife Dorothy and his sister, Angela and her husband Ron. Orval was a cherished and loved member of Dyana’s extended family and will be lovingly remembered by: aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be sadly missed by his dear friends, whom he regarded as siblings, Jacques La Fontaine and Chris Goodwin. Orval was predeceased by his mother, Lillian Krohn and his father, Frank Koch.

The family wishes to thank the many people who have stopped and helped them along the way. Although there are too many names to mention, you know who you are. You are all angels to us. Special thanks to Meghan Evenson and her family for the countless trips to doctors’ and chemo appointments and for their unwavering dedication to Orval and Dy during the past two years.

A quiet service was held on June 9th, 2012. A celebration of Orval’s life will be held at a later date. Please contact us at orvalkochmemorial@hotmail.com to be notified.

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