Respected Kentucky Horseman Robert ‘Gus’ Koch, 74, Passes

Robert “Gus” Koch, 74, died Saturday, March 20, 2021, at his beloved Mt. Carmel Farm near Cynthiana, Ky., after a 24-year battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Theresa, t10en children: Charles (Katie) Koch, Jennifer (Drew) Alvarez, Becky (Mark) Mitchell, Stephen (Wendy) Koch, Matthew (Kristen) Koch, Anthony (Jill) Koch, Amy (Brian) Sellers, Cecilia (Drew) Adams, Gus (Shelley) Koch, and Mary (Bryan) Flachbart, 33 grandchildren and two foster grandchildren.

Gus was a Marine, Vietnam veteran, and retired manager of Claiborne Farm.  As a parishioner at the Church of the Annunciation, he faithfully led the Rosary before Saturday evening Mass for nearly 40 years, was a past Grand Knight of The Knights of Columbus (4th degree), and was past president of the Parish Council.

Gus proudly served the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club as president in 1987 and was honored by that group as the 2004 Farm Manager of the Year. He was also a past member of both the Bourbon County School Board and the Bourbon Community Hospital Board.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 23, 5-8 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation in Paris with Rosary preceding at 4:45 p.m.  Rev. Daniel Fister will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at the church Wednesday, March 24, at 10 a.m. and live streamed on Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Paris.  His sons and sons-in-law will serve as pall bearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to The Horse Farm Workers’ Educational Assistance Fund ( or Church of the Annunciation Building Fund (1007 Main St., Paris, KY, 40361).

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