Dale Koch was born March 9, 1932 to Matt and Stella Koch on the family farm southwest of White Lake. At the age of four he moved with his family to Woodburn, OR, where he attended grade school. In the fall of 1948 they moved back to the farm at White Lake. He graduated from White Lake High School in 1950. He was drafted into the Army in 1952, serving in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1954. On January 14, 1959 he married Mary Mairose. They were involved in farming for many years. He was a member of the White Lake American Legion, Plankinton VFW and a longtime member of AA. Dale overcame a severe addiction to alcohol in 1988 and quit smoking in 1998.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, eight children: David (Karen) Koch, Kathy (Jeff) Schuldt, Donnie Koch, Jerry Koch, Tom (Teresa) Koch, Brian (Becky) Koch, Karen (Mark) Moore and Ann (Jeff) Gilbert, twenty-six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, sisters: Joan Markley, Maxine (Bill) Schroeder, Shirley (Dave) Flick, Janet (Dennis) Everson and brothers: Bernie Koch, and Ron (Aletha) Koch.
He was preceded in death by a son, James, step-grandson, Cole Vreugdenhil and his parents.