By: Ralph B. DavisManaging Editor
October 9, 2012
Inge Koch, 91, of Turkey Creek, Kentucky, died Saturday, October 6, 2012.
She was born to the late Ferdinand Gustav Oskar and Gisela Kniepf, September 7, 1921 in Pontianak, West Borneo.
Inge grew up in the Dutch East Indies, living on her family’s rubber plantations in Borneo and Java until the outbreak of World War II. She spent some time in a Dutch internment camp before moving to China, where she lived for the rest of the war, working as a nurse’s aide in a Chinese Hospital.
She met her future husband, Christian Budick Koch in 1945, in Shanghai, China while he was on active duty with the United States Army Air Corps. They were married in Melbourne, Australia, in 1947. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1954. They lived together in Morgantown, W.Va., from 1951 until Christian’s death in 1986.
Inge is survived by three children, John Koch of Alexandria, Va., Michael Koch of Turkey Creek, and Thomas Koch of Williamson, W.Va.
Inge led a very interesting life. She was fluent in several languages and had traveled all over the world. She maintained active correspondence with her numerous friends and relatives in many different countries. She contributed to charities in the United States, Indonesia and Africa. Inge recently published her memoir, Born in Borneo.
R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry is in charge of arrangements.