May 25, 1930 – July 5, 2016
MIDDLEPORT – Joseph F. Koch, a real estate broker and appraiser who was active in the community, died Tuesday in his Middleport home after a lengthy illness. He was under the care of the Niagara Hospice Home Care Program. He was 86.
Mr. Koch was raised in Kenmore and graduated from Canisius High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University School of Forestry.
In 1953 he married the former Norine A. Hattinger and they raised four children in Kenmore. A real estate broker and appraiser for more than 50 years, he was a partner with his brother in Ronald J. Koch Realty, Kenmore, then opened Metro Georgetown Realty in Williamsville. He was a member of Metro Real Estate Network from 1984 until 1989, serving as director for two years and teacher for two years.
A real estate appraiser, Mr. Koch owned Proper Appraisal Specialists. He was a member of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers Chapter 88, Buffalo, serving as president, education chairman and director. He also was a member of the Appraisal Institute, Chapter 30, and National Association of Realtors and Greater Buffalo Association of Realtors.
Mr. Koch was a founding member of the James Ryan Paramedics Foundation. He was a 25-year member of Kenmore Lions Club and served as fire chief of the North Amherst Fire Department.
He was a parishioner of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Pendleton.
A pilot, Mr. Koch owned a Cherokee 180 airplane and enjoyed flying throughout Western New York and the East Coast. He belonged to the Lancaster Flying Club, as well as other regional flying clubs.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three daughters, Linda Bennett, Lorie Szalkowski and Leean Koch; one son, Kenneth; a sister, Mary Lynn Green; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Good Shepherd Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Road, Pendleton.