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Posted on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 : 8:21 p.m.

Woman remembers husband killed in Dexter explosion

By Julie Baker

Michael Koch was a hardworking father of four children who liked to work on cars, golf and downhill ski, his wife told MLive Tuesday evening.


First responders arrive at the Dexter Utilities Department after an explosion Monday. The blast killed Michael Koch and injured David McBride.

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“I don’t know what any of us will do without him, I really don’t,” Sue Koch told MLive, her voice breaking as she spoke about Michael, her husband of 25 years.

Koch, 48, of Jackson County's Columbia Township, died Monday from injuries suffered in an explosion at the Dexter Utilities Department. He and another contractor were working on a concrete lid of a tank at the wastewater treatment plant when a welder’s torch ignited methane gas and exploded. The other man, David McBride of Howell, is in stable condition.

Koch was a 1982 Dexter High School graduate and an employee of Platinum Mechanical, Inc., a plumbing contractor out of Flint.

Sue Koch said she initially was drawn to Koch because of his love for cars. The two married in 1988 and raised their four children together and frequently traveling.

Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea is handling the arrangements.



Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 1:08 p.m.

Mrs. Koch, God has His arms around you and yours during this difficult time. prayers to you and your family.


Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 12:26 p.m.

I'm so sorry for the loss of Mr. Koch. It sounds like he had a great life and was well loved. May he rest in peace. Wishing his family strength during this difficult time.

Linda Peck

Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 2:47 a.m.

I send prayers for Mrs Koch and all of the family.


Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 1:26 a.m.

So sad, it sounds like he lived a full life and was a great husband, dad and grandfather.