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Shirley J. Koch

Shirley J. Koch Beloved wife, mother and sister Shirley Jean Koch of Manhattan, Kansas, passed away on August 15, 2019, at her residence.

Shirley is survived by her adoring husband John Koch who cared for her lovingly during her illness and by her devoted son Steve Lundberg and his wife Paula. She is also survived by her loving grandsons, Shaun Lundberg and Brant and his wife Laura Lundberg; four sisters also survive: Rosemary Glauser of Springfield, MO, Sandra Warner of Hutchinson, KS, Barbara (Mrs. Robert) Arnold of Republic, MO, and Penny (Mrs. Al) Mangrum of Sheridan, Arkansas; as well as by many nephews and nieces.

Shirley was born in Winfield, Kansas, on June 27, 1941, the fourth daughter of Alfred and Dorothy (Knobloch) Biles, both of whom are deceased. She grew up in and around El Dorado, Kansas, graduating from high school in Wichita, Kansas. She and John Koch were married in 1981, they had lived in Manhattan, Kansas, since that time.

A highly regarded and excellent secretary/executive assistant, she worked her craft well for many years, with her final stint as executive secretary for Dr. Acker, Office of the President, Kansas State University.

An avid reader, gifted painter and dedicated bowler, she belonged to a bowling league for many years; she and her team won numerous awards and tournaments not only in Kansas but around the United States. She and John were especially good golfers, playing almost daily for a number of years. They owned a condo in Florida at Saddlebrook for quite a while, where they enjoyed many good times playing golf and relaxing.

Shirley was a loving wife and mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her husband, son and grandsons. She had a charming wit and enjoyed relating stories about her grandkids and family happenings.

Throughout the years she loved attending family get togethers and special “sisters only” gatherings. Her husband John was so adoring of her, always calling her “his bride” and her son Steve was very dedicated to her; he and she had a special bond. Shirley will be forever missed by her many loved ones.

The family wishes to thank the members of the family, her friends, and caregivers who tended to her during her last days, their help and dedication is deeply appreciated.

Cremation is planned with memorial services to be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 20th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Amy Bowers officiating.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, August 19th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

Memorial contributions may be made to Homecare & Hospice, Inc. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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