Bethlehem Press

Monday, January 21, 2019

H. Ralph Koch Jr., office manager

Monday, January 8, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

H. Ralph Koch Jr., 76, of Bethlehem, died Dec. 26, 2017, in his home. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Howard R. Sr. and Dorothy M. (Abbott) Koch. He was the husband of Theresa “Terri” (Heller) Koch for 55 years.

He was a 1960 graduate of Liberty High School.

He was a motor inspector for 31 years for the Bethlehem Steel until he retired. He later worked for Bethlehem Forge.

He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, Bethlehem, was on the board of trustees for many years, was a member of the building committee and ran the soundboard.

He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union and was a trustee and part of the grievance and safety committees. He was a founding member of the Saucon Valley Conservancy and was the second president for several years.

In addition to his wife Terri, he is survived by a daughter, Melissa Jo and her husband Jeffrey Shafer of Fountain Hill; a son, Michael R. and his wife Christa of Bethlehem; three siblings, Dorothy M. and her husband David Mulcahy of Coplay, Sarah Anne and her husband Wayne Williams of Bethlehem and Robert T. Koch of Fogelsville; five grandchildren, Rachel Pacheco, Sarah Shafer, Elizabeth Shafer, Haley Koch and Alexander Koch; six great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the church, 3245 Oakland Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020.

Arrangements were made by Cantelmi-Long Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.