Theodore A. Kocher, 95, of Newton, passed away at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Newton Rest Haven.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. preceding the service at the church. Arrangements are under the care of the Meyer Funeral Home, Newton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ste. Marie American Legion. Online condolences may be left at www.meyerfh.com.
Ted was born on June 15, 1919, in rural Newton, the son of Daniel and Ella (Kessler) Kocher. Until this past December, he lived his entire life in the same home and farmstead. He had a deep love of God and took great pride in being a farmer, a World War II veteran and most of all a father, grandfather and great grandfather.
He married Martha E. Drewes on Feb. 4, 1947, and raised two daughters and a son. He put all of his children through four years of college on 200 acres, 40 sows and 20 Angus beef cows. To his son, Ted passed his love and passion for the land he farmed and caring for the livestock. He let his children learn from their mistakes, but was always there to pick them up and give them guidance.
He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Lora Kocher of Newton; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Rocky Schultz of Red Oak, Texas; son-in-law, Chuck Paul of New Lenox; grandchildren, Scott (Lindi) Kocher of Conway Springs, Kansas, Matt (Kerryann) Kocher of Fishers, Indiana, Jonathan Paul of New Lenox, Christina Paul of Methuen, Massachussetts, Andrea (Justin) Friesenhahn of Austin, Texas, and Jeffrey Schultz of Ennis, Texas; great-grandchildren, Owen and Emily Kocher, Clea and Kirby Kocher and Lucas Friensenhahn; and sister, Viola Keller of Newton.
Ted was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, on Feb. 1, 2013; his parents; his daughter, Sheryl Paul; three brothers, Elmer, Urban and Sylvan Kocher; and three sisters, Delphine Kocher, Helen Frichtl and Florence Berry.
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