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Robert Koch

December 10, 1954 — September 30, 2023



Robert "Bob" Koch, age 68, of Madison, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, September 30th, 2023, at UW Health University Hospital. Born in Detroit, Michigan on December 10th, 1954, he was the son of the late Ernest and Marion Koch.


Bob grew up in Waterford, Michigan, and found his passion for pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1981. Over the course of his career, Bob worked as a pharmacist and pharmacy manager across various companies including Walgreens, Best Drugs, Grey Drugs, Perry Drugs, CVS Drugs, and Walmart. His dedication to his profession was evident in his achievements, having been recognized as President of both the Oakland County Pharmacists Association and Livingston County Pharmacist Association in Michigan in 1993 and 1997, respectively.


Bob's love for learning and adventure extended to the skies as an accomplished private pilot, earning both his instrument and seaplane licenses. A multi-talented individual, Bob grew up playing the trumpet and later the tuba in the UW Madison Marching Band. Bob was a passionate fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers.


In 1992, Bob married the love of his life, Cindy, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Their journey together saw the joyous addition of their children, Justin and Lindsey, and their beloved West Highland Terriers, Stanley and Casey. Together, Cindy and Bob built their dream home in Odessa, Delaware and made countless memories attending school events, trying out local restaurants, and diving into home improvement projects. Alongside his professional career, Bob carried an indomitable spirit of community service and mentorship. He served as an Assistant Cubmaster and later Assistant Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a mentor for local high school FIRST Robotics and Science Olympiad teams.


Bob's faith was deeply rooted in the Lutheran Church. His jovial nature, witty humor, and dedication to helping others touched the lives of many. He was the embodiment of hard work, responsibility, care, and generosity. His legacy will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew him.


He is survived by his loving wife, Cindy Koch; his son, Justin Koch; his daughter, Lindsey Werman, and son-in-law, Matt Werman; and his sister Diane Golchert.

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