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Bernd Juergen Koch
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
Bernd Juergen Koch
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Bernd Juergen Koch, 76, of Statesboro, Georgia, departed this life on December 28th in Savannah, Georgia, following an extended illness.
    He was born on December 27, 1942, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
    Mr. Koch is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Ann Koch; and three daughters, Lisa Brooks (Stephen) of Statesboro, Michele Lescak (Tony) of Statesboro and Heidi Smith (Dorsey) of Brooklet. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Tyler Smith, Landon Brooks, Addison Smith, Jayden Brooks and Neely Smith; a step-grandson, Jake Lescak of Metter; and a sister, Angelika Steiner, who lives in Germany.
    Bernd lived most of his life in the Irongate community of Statesboro, Georgia. He was a retired nurse anesthetist and spent many years as president of American Anesthesia Service that he and his wife created and both provided relief anesthesia to many hospitals in Georgia and other states. Mr. Koch served several hospitals during his career, including five years with Bulloch Memorial Hospital.
    He served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
    He was a small aircraft pilot with his wife and a boating enthusiast and very proud of his captain’s license.
    Bernd was an avid reader and in particular respected the works of Charles Krauthammer.
    Bernd was a passionate dog owner and dearly loved his surviving five dogs, with special affection for his dachshund mix, Sam.
    The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and all staff of East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro and Landmark Hospital in Savannah for their loving care given to our entire family. Special thanks to Dr. James Will Jackson, Dr. Andrew Cichelli and Dr. Lammerheit.
    The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
    The funeral service will follow the visitation at 2 p.m. in the chapel with Father Doug Clark officiating. Interment will be in Eastside Cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a local charity or the Humane Society.
    Friends may sign the online register book at
    Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, January 2, 2019
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