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Frederick William Koch, PhD

Obituary for Frederick William Koch, PhD

May 27, 1939 - October 25, 2020
Broadview Heights, Ohio | Age 81

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather


Frederick William Koch PhD

Fred Koch was born to Fred L. and Florence Koch in Lakewood, Ohio May 1939. He went to grade school for several years in Lakewood and then the family moved to Brooklyn, Ohio. Fred's father operated the Honey Ice Cream stand at Memphis and Tiedemann until his retirement. Fred graduated from Brooklyn High and was enrolled in Case Western Reserve University. He majored in Chemistry and received a B.S. and a PhD. The first and only company he worked for was the Lubrizol Corporation in Wickliffe. He began in a research group as their Automatic Transmission Specialist and then proceeded to climb the company ladder by reaching Group Leader, Section Leader and Assistant to the Vice President. His final position was Head of Intellectual Property. He totaled 39 years with Lubrizol and finished at the position numbered 14th in the world companywise. On his retirement, a plaque was installed in the main lobby which states: "Distinguished Scientist Award" In recognition and appreciation of the outstanding contributions by Fred Koch to the lubricant and fuel additive technology and to the business of Lubrizol. Presented May 6, 2008 by the Lubrizol Company.

Fred was a spectacular chemist. He owns at the latest count, over 40 US Patents and Worldwide patents too numerous to mention. He was the recipient of many awards. He served in the offices of the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society and was President of the Lake County Section of the American Chemical Society. He was named Chemist of the Year by that group.

He belonged to various professional organizations: The American Chemical Society, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Alpha Chi Sigma.

Fred was a wonderful family man. He is married to Michon (Missy) Koch and is the proud father of Chris and Paul who have given him five wonderful grandchildren.

One of his great pastimes was bowling in the Lubrizol league. He participated for many years until he moved to Broadview Heights.
He was also active in classes and recreation with the West End Y in Willoughby where he and the boys belonged to Indian Guides. He was an avid gardener and had 3 gardens at once on his 2-acres: one for potatoes, one for blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, and a vegetable garden. He loved his tractor.

Church held a special place in his life. He was usually an officer at Euclid Lutheran Church, going through all the positions and ending as President of the Congregation. The he migrated to President of their Foundation where he served until he moved to Broadview Heights in 2007.

Fred was also active in the community of Willoughby Hills. He served on the Board of Building and Zoning Appeals which he approached with enthusiasm and exactness.

When Fred moved to Broadview Heights in 2007-8, the City of Willoughby Hills presented him with a Resolution thanking him for his work and signed by all the Council Members.

Beloved husband of Michon "Missy" (nee Noll). Dear father of Christopher (Lucy) and Paul (Suzana). Grandfather of Christian, Nicholas, Emma Grace, Alexander and Steven. Brother of Kathy Liebe. Passed away Sunday October 25, 2020.

Memorials may be forwarded to Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, 4515 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103. Friends may call at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma from 2-4 & 6-8pm Thursday, October 29. Private service to be held. Interment Hope Memorial Gardens, Hinckley, OH.


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