Nicholas Ryan Koch, 37, of Chebanse passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at AMITA Health St. Marys Hospital in Kankakee.
Nick was born on December 27, 1984 in Kankakee. He married Jenna Felesena on September 19, 2009 in Chebanse and she survives.
Besides his wife, Jenna Koch of Chebanse, he is survived by three children, Jaelyn (10), Kaleb (8), and Landry (5); his mother, Kathy Koch of Chebanse; mother and father in-law, Mark and Karla Felesena of Kankakee; brother-in-law, Tony (Stephanie) Felesena of Bourbonnais and nephew, A.J. and sister-in-law, Kristen (Nate) Warman of Mahomet and two nieces, Kenzie and Tessa; three aunts, Mary (Henry) Hines of Kankakee, Jean (Tom) Altmyer of Ashkum and Kris (Kerry) Glicken of Scottsdale, AZ; three uncles, Rob (Beth) Koch of L'Erable, Ken (Pat) Decker of Cresthill, and Keith (Barb) Decker of Bourbonnais; and countless close cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bob and Norma Koch as well as his wife's grandparents, Ken and Eleanor Decker and Norman Felesena and Evelyn Brown.
Nick graduated from Central High School in 2003 where he was a three-sport athlete. He excelled at football where he was a three-year varsity starter, two-time all-conference, two-time Kankakee All Area, 2002 1st Team IHSFCA All State, Chicago Tribune Special Mention All State, and 2003 Shriners All Star game selection. He took his talents to Aurora University where he was a four-year starter on the offensive line from 2003 - 2006. He then attended Northern Illinois University where he received his Master’s in Sports Medicine.
He first worked at ATI as a physical therapist and became the Athletic Trainer at nearby Momence High School. While there, the rivalry trophy called the Comahawk was formed for the annual week 9 game with the Redskins. As of late, he became the Athletic Trainer for Central where he was loved by all.
He was a friend to everyone and loved his family, especially his wife, Jenna. Nick enjoyed spending time with his children and doing all they loved to do. There was nothing he couldn't do or at least would not try to do. In his spare time, he helped with construction work and was a member of Laborers Local #751.
On Sunday, January 2, 2022, players from Momence and Central will be gathering at the football field at 11:00 a.m. for a balloon release in honor of Nick.
Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Central High School gymnasium. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the Central High School gymnasium. Please enter through the north athletic door for both the visitation and funeral and masks are required per the CDC guidelines while in the school.
Memorials may be made to his children's education fund.