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Posted on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 11:50 a.m.

Funeral Saturday for man killed in Dexter explosion

By Kyle Feldscher

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The funeral for the man killed Monday after an explosion at the Dexter Utilities Department’s wastewater treatment plant will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday.


Michael Koch

Courtesy of Cole Funeral Chapel

According to an obituary posted on the Cole Funeral Chapel website, funeral services for Michael Koch will be held at the funeral home, 214 E. Middle St. in Chelsea.

Koch, 48, of Jackson County's Columbia Township, and David McBride, 23, from Howell, were working on a concrete lid of the wastewater treatment plant Monday afternoon. The flame from a welder’s torch ignited methane gas in the tank, which exploded and blew Koch from the tank.

The explosion was reported at 1:39 p.m. Monday at the plant, 8360 Huron St. Koch died later in the afternoon at University of Michigan Hospital from his injuries.

According to his obituary, Koch is a former Dexter resident who leaves behind a wife, three daughters and a son. The Dexter High School graduate worked for Platinum Mechanics, Inc.

The family will receive visitors and friends at Cole Funeral Chapel from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.


Sam S Smith

Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 11:42 p.m.

Special thoughts and prayers for Mr. Koch, his family and friends!

greg s

Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 10:31 p.m.

Our deepest sympathy to the family.


Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 6:56 p.m.

Heartfelt condolences to his family. I hope they review their safety procedures to prevent such a thing happening again. It is a tragedy that it happened this time.