Our beloved passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loved ones, going forth into the Kingdom of God. Ray was born LaMesa, Texas on January 25, 1927 to Ben and Lillie Koch. He came to California as a child, growing up on a small dairy in Valley Home. He joined the merchant marines during WWII and served his time in the South Pacific. Ray was inducted into the U.S. Army during the war and served during the Korean occupation. After the war he went to work in the timber industry in Oregon, then returned home and met the love of his life Louella Horst. They married in September 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church, enjoying more than 64 wonderful years together. They were blessed with two daughters Rayleen and Luanne, and three sons Randel, Troy, and Roy who all passed during infancy. They moved to their small ranch in Escalon during the 60s where he grew almonds, fruits and vegetables sharing God’s bounty with family, friends, and anyone in need. Ray worked for PG&E for nearly 40 years and then retired, spending his time serving his church, enjoying his grandchildren, traveling, fishing and farming.
Surviving are loving wife Louella Koch, children Rayleen Lewis, Luanne (Bill) Blackmore; grandchildren Lee Blackmore, Billy Blackmore, Ashley (Neil) Donovan, Elise (Nick) Worley, Evan Lewis; great granddaughters Riley and Brynn Donovan, brother Paul Koch of Springfield Oregon, brother Arthur Koch of Spanaway Washington, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and sister in laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, two sisters, his sons, and grandson Robert Ray Blackmore.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday June 27, 2015 at 9:30am at Burwood Cemetery in Escalon followed by a memorial service at Saron Lutheran Church in Escalon at 11am. In lieu of flowers remembrances can be made to Saron Lutheran Memorial Fund or Optimal Hospice.
The Escalon (Calif.) Times
June 24, 2015