Doug passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018, at Essentia Hospital St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes, Minn., at the age of 68.
Doug passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018, at Essentia Hospital St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes, Minn., at the age of 68. A Celebration of Life service will be on Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m., at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. A gathering will be one hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Saturday. Burial will take place at a later date at the National Veterans Cemetery near Fargo. Douglas Steve Koch was born on Feb. 11, 1950, in Grafton, ND, to Jerome and Marian (Moen) Nygard. He came to Egeland, ND, in 1954 and was adopted in 1959 by Lewis G. and Mabel Koch. He grew up in this area and attended school, graduating from Egeland High School in 1969. He also attended Hansen’s Mechanical School in Fargo, ND. Doug proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1971 until his medical discharge in 1973. Doug was united in marriage to Donna Davies on July 13, 1974, in Egeland. They made their home in this area and raised their family. He worked at the Cenex Station in Egeland as a mechanic and also worked for various trucking companies for many years. Doug was very active in his community and volunteered on many boards and organizations throughout the years. Doug and Donna moved to Fargo in 2014 where they have made their home since. Throughout the years, Doug loved spending time at the lakes fishing and visiting with friends and playing pinochle. He had the gift to befriend anyone and truly enjoyed sharing his stories and listening to others’ stories. He touched many lives and will be missed greatly by all of his family and many friends. Doug is survived by; his loving wife, Donna of Fargo; his children, Amber (Franz) Tezel of Hager City, Wis.; Nicole (Tony) Schroeder of East Grand Forks, MN; and Brandon Koch of Fargo; eight beloved grandchildren; and his siblings, Ingrid Koch of Middleton, WI; Gary (Sonya) Hajicek of Grafton, ND; Laurie Foseide of Edinburg, ND; Carole (Kelly) DeMars of Warren, MN; and John (Kristy) Hajicek of Grafton; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. Doug was preceded in death by; his biological parents; adoptive parents; foster parents, Ben and Ruth Baumgartner; his brothers, Jeffery Hajicek, David Hajicek and Jerome Johnson; and his grandparents, Henry and Inga Moen, and Peter and Ella Nygard. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the VA Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.