Jeffrey Wescott Koch passed away unexpectedly with his beloved wife by his side on Nov. 3, 2018, after a courageous battle with liposarcoma. He was 55.
The son of Janice Park Koch and the late Franklin Wescott Koch, Jeff was born on May 6, 1963, in Plainfield, N.J. He graduated from Warrensburg High School in 1981 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1985. He was an Eagle Scout and a passionate member of the Boy Scouts of America, serving in multiple positions including District Commissioner for Washington D.C. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts’ Tribe of Mic-O-Say as Keeper of the Sacred Bundle Farthest Journeying Thunderbird, and was a member of Troop 499 in Warrensburg, MO.
In January 2017, Jeff was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management at U.S. Department of Labor. He previously held various appointed positions at the U.S. Department of Labor as well as the White House Office of Management and Budget, during which time he received a letter of commendation from President George W. Bush. Between 1998 and 2002, Jeff served as chief of staff for his friend and fellow Eagle Scout, Rep. Pete Sessions. Prior to his time in Washington D.C., Jeff worked as an engineer at RF Monolithics Inc. and E-Systems in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Jeff is survived by his wife of seven years, Patty Stolnacker, and his expected daughter, due in January. He is also survived by his mother, Janice Koch, of Rowlett, Texas; his sister, Jennifer Leigh Davenport, with husband, Mark, and children, Bryce and Hannah, of Rockwall, Texas; his brother, Barry Franklin Koch, with wife, Claudia, and children, Lara and Julie, of Ingolstadt, Germany; and his loyal friend, Lincoln.
Jeff was an adored husband, son and brother, a beloved friend and confidante and a tireless volunteer. He was passionate about cycling, engineering, nature and music. He made a lasting difference to every endeavor he pursued. Jeff brought his engineering acumen and sense of fun to everything he did, providing joy and lasting memories of Halloween haunted houses, Olympic festivities and epic water slides to his Palisades neighborhood.
Memorial services will begin on Friday, Nov. 9, with a visitation at the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, Virginia, from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by a service on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Fairlington United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending memorial contributions in Jeff's name to Cycle for Survival's team Tour de Cure - DC: http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/JeffKoch
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