Kevin Joseph Koch, 68, of Kansas City, Missouri, died on Thursday, March 14, 2024.

He was born in St. Louis, MO in 1955 to Paul Bernard Koch and Challen Margaret Koch. Kevin attended McClure North High School where he was a trumpeter in the band, as well as a tennis and soccer player. He was accepted into UMKC’s rigorous 6-year Medical Program for a combined undergraduate and graduate degree. He completed his residency at Michigan State and started practicing as a full-time doctor at Hinsdale Hospital outside Chicago, IL. While working at Hinsdale, Kevin lived in downtown Chicago where he met the love of his life, Ada Murray. Excited to start their new lives together, the two were married in March 1986 at St. Vincent DePaul Church. Their daughter, Megan, was born a year later, and the family of three moved to Mission Hills, KS in 1989. Daughter, Gwen, and son, RJ, were born in 1990 and 1991.

Kevin served as the Director of the Emergency Department at Shawnee Mission Medical Center (now: Advent Health). During his nearly 40-year career in emergency medicine, he also served as President of the medical staff, Chair of the Department, and acted as a Johnson County Coroner. Kevin found solace and fulfillment in helping others, caring for the sick, and treating the wounded. He retired in 2019.

Outside of practicing medicine, Kevin was a devoted father and loving husband. He had a love of classic cars, notably, multiple Corvairs that he restored, and his prized Nissan Figaro. He was a competitive cyclist, a triathlete, a runner, and tennis player. He found strength and comfort in his faith and was an active member of the Catholic Church. Kevin had an adventurous spirit and loved to travel to new and familiar places, especially Pacific Grove, CA, the Jack’s Fork River area of The Ozarks, and Bethany Beach, DE. Together with his son RJ, he boldly accomplished the MR340 canoe race (the world’s longest non-stop river race) and also biked across the state of Missouri with his daughter, Megan. His love of scouting was continued by his son with Troop 91 in Kansas City. Kevin was also an avid supporter of the arts with his artist wife, Ada.
Kevin’s dedication to his family and friends never wavered. Known for his generous nature, he had a talent for entertaining and storytelling. His friends and family hold precious memories of cocktail hours and dinners filled with Kevin’s vivid and engaging stories that made everyone smile.

Kevin will always be remembered for his warmth, kindness, curiosity, humor, and loving nature. We couldn’t have asked for a better father, husband, sibling, son, grandfather, and friend. Kevin will be missed every day, and his memory will live on in the hearts of all those who loved him. Now, it is upon all of us to let him be with us on another level.

Kevin was preceded in death by his Father, Paul B. Koch, and is survived by his wife, Ada, daughters Megan (Eric Schraedley) and Gwen (Alex Pickett), son, RJ, granddaughter, Birdie, mother, Challen, as well as his brother, Paul, and sisters, Kathryn and Caroline.

A funeral mass will be held at Visitation Church (5141 Main St. Kansas City, MO) on Wednesday, March 20th at 10:30 am followed by a luncheon at the church. A private family graveside service will be held.  All are invited to a Celebration of Life event on Wednesday evening, 3/20, from 6-8 pm at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (2012 Baltimore Ave., KCMO).

In lieu of flowers, the family is grateful for a donation to:
The Friends of Bunker Hill
PO Box 458
Columbia, MO 65205
The Corvair Preservation Foundation
PO Box 68
Long Lake, MN 55356

Please include “In memory of Kevin Koch” on the check or online donation form so the family may express gratitude for your gift.

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