MOUNT VERNON — Thomas Wilson Koch Jr., 89, passed away Dec. 24, 2016, at Brookdale Senior Living in Mount Vernon. Before returning to Mount Vernon in 2014, he resided in Edmonds,Wash.

Tom was born Aug. 6, 1927, in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late Thomas Wilson Koch Sr. and Louise Anne Shultz Koch. He was predeceased by both of his parents; his wife of 50 years, Arwilda (Willie) K. Johnson Koch; infant sister Constance Koch; and sister, LouAnne Koch Walker and brother-law Gerald Mishey Walker.

Tom attended Mount Vernon High School, graduated from Yonkers, New York, High School and was a graduate of Cornell University. He served in the United States Army as an assistant to the chaplain in Fort Lewis, Wash.Tom followed in his father’s occupation of advertising, working for Proctor Gamble in Cincinnati, Neon Signs in Lima and Brach’s Candy in Seattle. Upon leaving the commercial world, he established his own promotional advertising/marketing business, Ad-Venture, in the Seattle area. He was a member of the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church (Washington).Tom was a talented pianist and loved to play church pipe organs when given the opportunity.

Tom is survived by nieces, Lynda (Emiel) Smet of Amissville, Va., Claudia (Kenneth) Grove and Jennifer (Paul) Highnam, both of Mount Vernon and Nancy (Michael) White, of Marysville; his sister-in-law, Rowena Binkley of Lima; brothers-in-law, Tim (Kip)Johnson of Sugarland, Texas and Gary Johnson of Cairo;and nieces and nephews Heather (Dwight) Jackson, Eric Binkley, Keith Binkley and Jenny Market of Lima, Brian Johnson of Sugarland, Texas, Beth Johnson of Shreve Port, La.; and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

A private burial will take place in Everett, Wash., at a later date.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Thomas Wilson Koch Jr.


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