Ross Jackson Koch
Ross Jackson Koch
  • January 8, 1920 - October 1, 2017
  • Pasadena, Maryland

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Ross Jackson Koch, 97, a lifelong resident of Pasadena, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Mr. Koch was born January 8, 1920 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Charles Koch and Cora Meyers Koch of Baltimore, Maryland.

Ross grew up in Baltimore and spent summers in North Shore on the Magothy River. Ross graduated from Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore Maryland with a degree in Mathematics. He enlisted in the US Navy V-5 program in June of 1942. He became a Navy pilot flying PBY aircraft accumulating over 2000 hours in flight time over the Pacific theatre during WWII. At the end of WWII, he transferred scientists to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ross was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant JG in April 1946.

After the war, Ross married Babette Holbrook of Baltimore and had two sons; Mark Ross Koch and Gary Wallace Koch.

Ross had a long and distinguished career in the real estate development and building industry. Originally he formed the Bucher and Koch Realty Company in 1954 with his partner Henry Bucher. Their primary focus was developing and building homes in the two neighborhoods of North Shore and Ross Cove in Pasadena.

Ross had grown up in North Shore on the weekends at his family's summer residence built by his father, Charles Koch, in the 1930's. Ross would make North Shore his permanent home and raised his family there. He was actively involved in all aspects of the community as it was being developed over the next two decades. He remained in North Shore in his residence until his passing.

His son, Gary, joined the company in 1977 and it subsequently became Koch Homes. Ross remained the backbone of the company throughout his 63 year career. His positive spirit, experience and steadfast work ethic insured the company's success throughout this time. He continued to work up until the last few days of his life. He was recognized by everyone in the construction industry for his commitment to building quality homes, his generosity and huge heart.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Koch is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Babette Holbrook Koch and brothers Herman Koch and Earl Koch.

Ross is survived by his son Mark Ross Koch, DDS and wife Cynthia Beach Koch of Pasadena and son Gary W. Koch and partner Lois Schramek of Pasadena, grandchildren Bo Koch and his wife Anne Marie Koch, Charlie Koch, Catherine Eplett and husband Phil Eplett, Molly Bechtel and husband Matthew Bechtel, Ann Davis and husband Matthew Davis, as well as great grandchildren, Wren Babette Eplett and Caroline Babette Bechtel.

Ross enjoyed building boat models and spending time with his family on the water. Needless to say, he was held in high regard by many and will be greatly missed.

A private burial will be held with the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake 90 Ritchie Hwy, Pasadena, MD 21122.