Melva Koch


October 17, 1936 - July 13, 2021


Melva Koch, 84, of White Lake, SD, died Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Monday, July 19, 2021 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in White Lake. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in White Lake. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Sunday, July 18, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with a 7:00 PM Scripture Service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Melva Dean (Meier) Koch was born October 17, 1936 to C.H. (Pete) Meier and Zinderella (Sis) Bannick in White Lake, SD. She passed away on July 13, 2021 in Kansas City, MO, after spending a week with those who now survive her. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in White Lake and attended elementary and high school in the White Lake Public School district. After high school, Melva studied accounting at Nettleton College in Sioux Falls, SD, which took her to a job at Armour Creamery.

Melva was married on April 19, 1956 to Alfred Koch, just after joining the Catholic Church. To this union, Melva and Al had three children: Patricia Ann, Sharon Marie, and Bradley Allen. She and Al dutifully ran the family farm in Plankinton, then moved to White Lake to co-own Meier’s Market. After their decision to sell the Market in 1977, Melva began to make her mark at Al’s I-90 Cafe. She filled coffee cups and the hearts of those around her until her retirement in 2011.

In her newfound freedom of retirement, Melva found joy in becoming a pivotal member of Altar Society, Red Hats, American Legion Auxiliary, and VFW Auxiliary. She especially enjoyed playing Bridge, Pitch, and anything that involved putting more than one deck of cards together.

She is lovingly survived and celebrated by her children, Patricia (Forrest) Wombwell (Kansas City, MO), Sharon (Wayne) Suelflow (Amarillo, TX), and Bradley (Arlene) Koch (White Lake, SD); grandchildren: Abby (Justin) Brammer (Fort Worth, TX), Adam (Katie) Koch (Mitchell, SD), Luke (Lindsey) Suelflow (Little Elm, TX), Tyler (Kim) Koch (Brookings, SD), Derek (Shandra) Koch (Plankinton, SD), and Laura Wombwell (Columbia, MO); thirteen great-grandchildren also work to carry on her kind-hearted legacy.

Melva was welcomed at Heaven’s gates by her husband, Al, parents, Pete and Sis, and in-laws, Peter and Elizabeth.


Sunday, July 18, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Scripture Service

St. Peter's Catholic Church
101 S Ellis St
White Lake, SD 57383


Monday, July 19, 2021
10:00 AM
St. Peter's Catholic Church
101 S Ellis St
White Lake, SD 57383


St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery
White Lake, SD

Posted by Sharon Suelflow on July 22, 2021
Words cannot describe how much you are loved. I am going to miss you so much. Your death has left a gaping hole in my heart. I know that you and dad are together again and watching over all of us. Love you!!💕
Posted by Bev Beckmann Mach on July 19, 2021
Our sympathy to your family. Melva always had a smile for everyone.
Posted by Juanita Edinger on July 19, 2021
What a special lady! She always had a smile and friendly comment for everyone. God bless and comfort you. Dave and Juanita Edinger
Posted by Linda Heath & Hiward Millid on July 19, 2021
We are so sorry to learn of Melvas passing. At the Cafe we were always teasing about Melva donating all her dessert baked goods to Howard cause AL w as snt supposed to have them and Howard had no one to bake homemade treats for him. Her cream puffs were something I looked forward to every Fri morning at the Cafe. Rest in peace, Melva. HeVen will have some better treats for coffee hour now that you are there.
Posted by Dawn Geppert on July 17, 2021
I am fondly recalling all of time I spent at Koch's house while growing up. My heart is aching for all of you. May the memory of her jubilant laugh and joy of life bring you comfort.
Posted by Shirley Wuertzer on July 16, 2021
So sorry for your loss. She was a lovely lady. Always enjoyed visiting with her at our family picnics.
Posted by Connie DeBoer on July 16, 2021
Many good memories while working with your mom. Our deepest sympathy 🙏
Posted by Jo Griffin on July 15, 2021
I have many memories of your Mom. She will be sadly missed. Pat, Sharon, and Brad and families, treasure your precious memories.
Posted by Jeffrey Johnson on July 15, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the entire Koch Family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Evan & Pennie Edinger on July 15, 2021
Thoughts and prayers for all.
Posted by Eva Lou Wells on July 15, 2021
sympathy to the family we will miss her so much love u Melva
Posted by Alice Johnson on July 15, 2021
You had such great CHATS with me both at Red Hats and Auxiliary. You are leaving an empty spot for so many. What a blessing you are to family and friends!
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