Naomi Ruth Koch

Naomi Ruth Baumgardner Koch, 88, was welcomed into her heavenly home on Oct. 7, 2020.

She was born on May 13, 1932, in Mount Orab, Ohio to Walter and Grace (North) Baumgardner. On June 20, 1953, she married Frank Koch, who died Nov. 13, 2010.

Naomi accepted Jesus as her savior as a child and faithfully attended the Wesleyan Church in Grand Rapids, Ohio, for most of her life. She was very active in the church and enjoyed working with the Cradle Roll infants and attending Missionary meetings. Most recently she attended the Napoleon Church of the Nazarene. Naomi and Frank enjoyed wintering in Palmetto, Florida, and being a part of Harrison Gleaners. People were drawn to her cheerful demeanor, willingness to listen and being present for any friend that needed her. Many elderly neighbors appreciated her servant’s heart as she checked in on them and visited with them. Naomi enjoyed sewing, crocheting and knitting in her free time. She worked very hard maintaining her large garden and canning many of the vegetables for the family. That love of gardening was passed on to her children. Naomi’s pride and joy came from being with her family, celebrating holidays together and enjoying her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Naomi worked for the City Loan prior to becoming a homemaker and stay-at-home mother of five children.

She is survived by her children, Daniel (Sara) Koch, Kevin Koch, Marjorie (Craig) Buell, Susan (Douglas) Haase, Mary (Dave) Schnabele; grandchildren, Danielle, Rachel and Lucas Koch, Michael (Lindsey) Koch, Sara (Adam) Petrucci, Evan (Katie) Buell, Ryan (Jenna) Buell, Matthew (Michelle) Haase, Eleesa (Adam) Boyer and Adrienne (Paul) Prielipp; and 10 great-grandchildren with one more on the way.

In addition to her parents, Naomi was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; grandson, Aaron Koch; daughter-in-law, Faith Koch; and sister, Lois Jean Downey Traugh.

Friends and family will be received at the Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home, Napoleon, on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, from 3-6 p.m. Funeral services will be private.

Interment will take place at Texas Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cherry Street Mission or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online messages and condolences may be shared with the family at

Due to the current health conditions surrounding COVID-19, masks will be required to attend services or visitation in accordance with the state. Please also respect social distancing and make use of the website to contact the family if you are not feeling well.


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