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Dean Lester Kocher

Dean Lester KocherDean Lester Kocher, 84, of Malvern, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center.

Born July 13, 1928, in Malvern, he was the son of the late Tena (Koontz) and Jerome Frank Kocher.

He was a 1946 graduate of Malvern High School.  He served four years in the US Navy during the Korean War. He was a life member of St. Martin Lutheran Church, Malvern. He retired in 1994 from Roman Plumbing Company, as owner and president.

Dean is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth  (Evans) Kocher; two sons, Scott (Nancy) Kocher, and Douglas Kocher, both of Malvern; sister-in-law Maggie Kocher of Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, Allison (Tim) Seidel of Pittsburgh, PA, Megan Kocher and Sara Hurley, both of Minneapolis, MN, Scott Kocher II of Malvern, Tatum (Nathan) Tustin of Waynesburg, PA, Tyler (Amy) Kocher of Canton, and Kailee and Evan Kocher of Malvern; two great-grandchildren Ava Kocher and Darrah Seidel; 18 nieces and 19 nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Forrest (Elsie) Kocher, Ray Kocher, Elmer (Marie) Kocher and Paul Kocher, and sisters, Bernice (Earl) Laubacher, Eileen (Cryil) Jamison, and Shirley Kocher.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. in St. Martin Lutheran Church, 301 W. Main St., Malvern, with Rev. A. Wallace Anderson officiating.

Calling hours will be Thursday 6 - 8 p. m. at Deckman-Bartley Funeral Home, Malvern.  Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Martin Lutheran Church 301 W. Main St. Malvern, OH 44644.  Friends may express condolences at www.bartleyfuneralhome.com.