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Charles L. Kocher

February 9, 1927 ~ December 5, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old

Charles Kocher Obituary

Charles L. Kocher, 96, of North Centre Township, died Tuesday afternoon, December 5, 2023 at the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Born February 9, 1927  in Espy, Scott Township, he was a son of the late  Frank T. and Anna (Kline)  Kocher.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Lois (Eckroth) Kocher, on May 29th, 2004.

Charles was a 1945 graduate of Scott Township High School and a 1950 graduate of Penn State University, where he earned his B. S. in Vocational Agriculture.  Following World War II, he was a "Sea Cowboy" for the US Coast Guard, transporting horses to Poland. He taught Vo-Ag in Sullivan County and in Sunbury.  He later was employed by the Lancaster County Farmer's Association where he did farm management.  Following that he was the director of building and grounds for Millersville State College and later retired from Bloomsburg University Maintenance Department  in 1985.   Following his retirement, he worked for the Red Rock Job Corps. 

Charles and his late wife were volunteers for the Peace Corps from 1990 to 1992 on the island of Antiqua. He was an active member of the Lightstreet United Methodist Church where, over the years, served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, and served on various committees.  He was also a member of the Evergreen Masonic Lodge #113; the Penn State Alumni Association (School of Agriculture); the American Red Cross Disaster Relief; the United Methodist NOMADS and Volunteers in Missions.  He was also a member of the North Centre Township Historical Society; the Evansville Gang; was known by many as the "nut man" for collecting, processing and gifting black walnuts. 

He enjoyed traveling with his family in their motor home and visited all the states in the continental United States and parts of Canada and Mexico. 

Charles loved music and enjoyed playing his harmonicas, steel pans and singing.    

Surviving are his four children:  Marie Lange and her husband, Brian, of Centreville, MD: Nancy Krauss and her husband, Mark, of State College; Thomas Kocher and his wife, Eileen, of Northumberland; Bill Kocher and his wife, Sandy, of Orangeville; nine grandchildren: Tonia, Stacy, Rhyan, Kevin, Kay, Sheila, Brandon, Kayla and Amanda; eight great grandchildren and three siblings:  Ellis Kocher and his wife, Miriam, of Norristown; George Kocher and his wife, Fran, of Perkasie; Bernice Thomas and her husband, Dale, of Bloomsburg and numerous nieces nephews.

Along with his parents, and his wife, Lois, he was preceded in death by siblings:  Frank, Hariett, Dorothy Pugh, Ernest and James.  He was also preceded in death by his companion, Lena Thomas. 

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 6th, 2024 at 2 P. M. at the Lightstreet United Methodist Church with  Rev. Rebecca B. Cuddeback, officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Memorial Fund of the Lightstreet United Methodist Church, 1640 Main Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Celebration of Life
April 6, 2024

2:00 PM
Lightstreet United Methodist Church
1640 Main Street
Lightstreet, PA 17814
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1640 Main Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815


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