Funeral services for Mrs. Karin Henriette Emilie Koch Kendrick, age 82 of Ruston, LA will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston with Pastor Perry Culver officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.
Karin was born June 25, 1941 in Stettin, Germany to Karl Max Fritz Koch and Erna Berta Liedtke Koch and passed away July 4, 2023 in Ruston to join her husband Icy Don Kendrick in Heaven. Her earliest memory was getting hit on the head with a shoe while their apartment was being bombed. Karin spent many of her early years in Hamburg, Germany before moving to Koblenz, Germany. She then moved to Kaiserslautern, Germany where she met Icy at an airman’s dance. Two days later, he proposed to Karin. She then came to the United States in 1961 with her husband. After a few years, Karin became a US citizen. She was an early and active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Karin enjoyed riding on the back of Icy’s motorcycle while traveling around the southern US. She especially enjoyed the seashore, whether it was the beaches of Florida’s gulf coast or New England’s Atlantic coast. Any trip to New England had to include clam chowder. Karin was a member of the “German Ladies Club,” and they frequently dined and attended movies together. She was a long time employee of Lewis & Co. Her little dog Rascal was her companion for walks at Cook Park. Rascal seldom left her side and misses her greatly.
Karin is survived by her son Icy Don Kendrick, Jr. (Maggie) of Weatogue, CT; two grandchildren Emilie Iris Kendrick and Max Qilin Kendrick of Weatogue, CT; daughter Kelly Karin Kendrick Overstreet (Michael) of Wister, OK; and special friend Brigitte Frost.
Serving as pallbearers will be James Frost, James Frost, Jr., Jaidon Willis, Jessie Lolley, Max Kendrick and Ernie Young.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at the funeral home.