Judy Marie (Rice) Koch

Judy Marie (Rice) Koch

IRON MOUNTAIN — Judy Marie (Rice) Koch passed away and was called home to Heaven Oct. 31, 2019.

Judy was born to Lloyd and Bernice Rice of Iron Mountain on Nov. 3, 1945. Judy always felt special because she had four brothers, Mike, David, Jim and Bill Rice, all from the Michigan and Wisconsin areas. Mike and Linda Rice (deceased), David and sister-in-law Jeanette Rice, Jim and sister-in-law Lynn Rice, and Bill Rice (deceased). Judy was the middle child of five children and adored her brothers so much, she would tell each of them they were her favorite brother. Growing up Judy and her family moved many times and she went to many schools where she met many friends, friends who were still some of her best friends until the end.

At age 16 Judy moved to Spokane Wash., and soon after met Ken Koch, who was the love of her life. Judy and Ken married in 1961 they had two children, Denise (Koch) Toutloff and Jim Koch. Judy had one granddaughter, Shayla Toutloff who she loved with all her heart.

Judy loved her family very much, she had strong faith, she loved to travel, loved to go back to Michigan and Wisconsin and visit family and friends, she loved the ocean, camping, reading, the holidays, and sports. She loved going to granddaughter Shayla’s volleyball games and never missed one. She also loved working at Washington Trust Bank and all of her bank friends.

Judy is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Ken Koch; daughter, Denise (Koch) Toutloff and son-in-law, Mike Toutloff; her only grandchild, Shayla Toutloff; son, Jim Koch and Kristie Carlon; her brother, David Rice and sister-in-law, Jeanette Rice; brother, Jim Rice and sister-in-law, Lynn Rice.

Judy also leaves behind many cousins, beloved nieces and nephews and many forever friends.

There will be no service as these are her wishes, she asked you to remember her with love, her sense of humor and her generous heart, and her love for God.