Ronald R. Koch, long-time Palo Alto, CA resident passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Ron’s passing was unexpected but he left the world a very happy man. Ron was 75.
Ron was born August 24, 1938 in Sunnyside, WA to Ray L. Koch and his birth mother, Vera (Whitis) Koch. He spent his formative years in Sunnyside and was a 1956 graduate of Sunnyside High School. After completing service in the Navy Ron returned to Washington and graduated from Washington State University. While a senior at WSU Ron served as the editor of WSU’s student newspaper, “The Evergreen,” a position he was most proud of. Later, he was one of the first inductees to Sunnyside High School’s “Wall of Fame.” This honor was particularly special to him as it came to him from “home.”
Ron was the president of RSP Manufacturing for many years, a precision sheet metal fabrication company based in Fremont, CA. He was a lifelong car enthusiast and avid drag racer. Ron had many other interests including traveling, cooking, and literature, but his greatest passion was sharing laughter and stories with his family and friends.
Ron is survived by his son, Stewart and his wife, Megan and their two daughters, Daisy and Reese; by his son, Marshall, and his wife, Heather and their three sons, Carson, Peyton and Cameron. Ron’s former wife and lifelong friend, Judy, also survives. Ron’s sister and brother-in-law, Marlene and Lynn Funk; brother, Terry and wife Karen; brother, Ken and wife Earline; a special aunt, Myra Dorsey, all of Washington state, and numerous nieces and nephews survive as well. Ron was predeceased by his parents, Ray and Pearl Koch and his grandmother, Mary Rosenfelt, all of Sunnyside, as well as his birth mother, Vera Whitis Koch.
A celebration of Ron’s life will be Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Sunnyside at Snipes Mountain Restaurant & Brewery from 3:00 to 5:30 PM. If desired, memorials in Ron’s honor may be made to Bring Me a Book Foundation (www.bringmeabook.org).