A Tradition of Service
In the late 1930's, while in high school, David H. Koch began working at a local funeral home in Magnolia, Ohio. After high school, David went on to gain his training as a funeral director and embalmer through The Cleveland College of Mortuary Science in Cleveland, Ohio.
David worked for a funeral home in Canton, Ohio before settling at a local funeral home in Ravenna, Ohio in the 1940's. It was there that he met Sarah Ferrell, who would become his wife and bring him to the small town of Freeport, Ohio. There, they would purchase the local funeral home, establishing the very first Koch Funeral Home in 1967 and beginning a long family tradition of providing funeral services.
Eventually, David and Sarah's eldest son and his wife, John and Donna K. Koch, would become a second generation of funeral directors. In 1983, they purchased the Koch Funeral Home in Freeport and continue to serve at that location today.
The youngest son of David and Sarah, Asher "Pete" and his wife, Sheila Koch would join the family business by expanding to a location of their own in Scio, Ohio in 1995.
Mitchell Koch, the youngest grandson of David and Sarah, has again expanded the family business. Mitchell, along with his siblings, Angela Smith and Jacob & Amanda Koch, comprise the third generation of funeral directors in the Koch family. This most recent expansion came with the purchase of the former Gowins Funeral Home in Gnadenhutten in 2012, creating Koch Funeral Home LLC of Gnadenhutten. Since the purchase, the original site has undergone extensive renovation and expansion, creating a beautiful, state of the art facility. The interior phase of these renovations is nearly complete and a grand opening is planned for later this year. While the facility remains in the renovation phase, we remain available to serve you and your family throughout this process.
This addition comes at 50 years of Koch Funeral Home service and nearly 80 years history of funeral service within the Koch family. We are proud to share our traditions of compassion, hard work, and dedication to excellence with your family in your time of need.
Continuing the Tradition Today
At Koch Funeral Home, we strive to provide options to allow our families to create a memorable event. We want to exceed our families' expectations during one of life's most difficult times.
Our commitment to offer nothing but the very best is reflected in the service we provide and the time we are willing to give to the families that we serve. We exist because we want to be an asset to this community. We are grateful to those who have chosen to put their trust in us by allowing us to handle funeral arrangements for their loved one. We will always strive to do the best we can to keep our services and facilities updated, and to offer merchandise that follows with the most current funeral industry trends.
Please contact the funeral home to address any questions you may have. We are always available to assist you.