Robert A. Koch

Robert A. Koch, 88, widower of Janet (Fronheiser) Koch, of Bally, passed away on Saturday, March 6,2021.

Born in Niantic, Robert was the son of the late Paul Gehris and Margaret (Eline) Gehris.

Robert was a hardworking man, having many jobs throughout his life. In his early years, he was a route salesman for Sturgis Pretzel’s. He went on to work for BF Goodrich as a tire builder until their closing. While at BF Goodrich, Robert also drove a bus for Quigley Bus Service during the morning and worked weekends as a mechanic for John Henry Arco. Finally, Robert worked for the Borough of Bally until his retirement.

Robert was an active member of Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Bally, serving as an usher. He was also a member of Bally Lions Club, Bally Fire Company, and a former member of the Boyertown Orioles. Robert also served on Bally Borough Council. He was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan and enjoyed bowling. Robert also loved his time in Potter County hunting and fishing.

Robert is survived by one son, Randy Koch, husband of Karen, and one daughter, Renee Erb, wife of Brent. He is also survived by four granddaughters: Jenna, wife of Mark Yelenoc, Kelsy, wife of Bryer Eshbach, Emily, and Sarah, as well as three great grandchildren; Hudson, Breslin, and Brynley. Robert is also survived by a sister, Sandra Jorgenson as well as a sister-in-law, Anna Gehris and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was predeceased by a brother, Paul Gehris, Jr. and a brother in law, Sterling Fronheiser.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lions Club of Bally PO Box 285 Bally, PA 19503. Checks may be made out to Bally Lions Club.

A viewing will take place from 10 to 11:30 on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at Morrell Funeral Home 124 W. Philadelphia Ave. Boyertown, PA 19512. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Morrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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  1. Dear Randy and Renee
    I just learned, by scanning the funeral homes, of your father’s passing. Shocked me. He and I always had a wonderful relationship even though it was only patient/doctor. He and your mother were such nice people and raised fine children; salt of the earth. They are the kind that I will always remember.
    jim tribbett

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