Mitchell LeRoy Koch, 77, Ruthville, formerly of New Leipzig, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, in his home.
Mitchell was born Sept. 14, 1936, in Elgin, to John and Lydia (Kramer) Koch. He was reared and educated in New Leipzig, graduated from New Leipzig High School in 1954 and attended Dickinson State College. He enlisted in the Army in 1956 and was stationed at Fort Chaffee, Ark., and Eighth Army Headquarters in Seoul, Korea. Following his honorable discharge in 1958, Mitchell attended Interstate Business College in Fargo for two years where he received specialized training in accounting, which led to his employment as a bookkeeper at Western Auto Parts, Fargo.
Mitchell moved to Minot in September 1963 when he began his career with the Air Force as a civilian employee in the Accounting and Finance Office prior to transferring to the Budget Office in 1971. His career with the Air Force continued until his retirement in March 2001.
Mitchell was an active member of First Baptist Church in Minot where he served as financial secretary, trustee for six years and as an usher for 32 years. He had been an active member of the Hooterville Lions Club since 1975 and served in various offices of the club. Mitchell also served on the board of directors for District 5NC and the Lions Foundation of North Dakota. He participated in many activities of the Lions Club, such as food drives, Salvation Army bell ringing, pancake and sausage brunches, and delivering eye corneas from Minot to the Eye Bank in Bismarck.
Mitchell is survived by: his sisters, Carol Saville, Mandan, and Joanne (Keith) Saville, Grafton; several nieces and nephews, Michael (Dawn) Saville, Kristen Saville, Bryan (Tracy) Saville, Loralie (Brandon) Hoechst, Tracy (Michael) Huska, Amy (Michael) Lindgren and Brad (Holly) Saville.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; two infant brothers, Stanley and Lester; and brother-in-law, Dwight Saville.
Celebration of the Life of Mitchell Koch: Tuesday, June 24, at 10 a.m., in First Baptist Church, Minot.
Interment: North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, rural Mandan.
Visitation: Monday, from 2 to 6 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to the Hooterville Lions Club or First Baptist Church, Minot.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).