Popular music teacher in Cudahy School District killed in Town of Eagle fatal crash

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EAGLE/CUDAHY (WITI) — FOX6 News has learned the victim of a fatal crash that occurred in the Town of Eagle on Wednesday evening, May 28th was a popular teacher in the Cudahy School District.

Carl Koch

Carl Koch

The Cudahy School District has announced the 50-year-old victim in the crash is Carl Koch — described as a valued music educator for the school district for 22 years.

According to the Cudahy School District, Koch leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

The crash occurred on Highway N, north of Wilton Road in the Town of Eagle.

The crash involved a single vehicle that left the roadway and struck a tree.

The vehicle’s sole occupant was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Cudahy Superintendent Jim Heiden released the following statement to FOX6 News:

“Today we mourn the passing of our dedicated music teacher, Carl Koch. Mr.Koch had been a teacher in the School District of Cudahy for the past 22 years.  Carl taught at all levels; the last five years his focus was on growing the elementary band program. Carl was a passionate and talented musician who took great delight in working with students helping them develop their appreciation of music. Over his years here in the District he touched the lives of hundreds of students and staff. His wife and family are in our thoughts and prayers.”



  • alex spring

    he used to teach me french horn in 5th grade and it was the most amazing year ever i loved him he was my favorite teacher rest in peace Mr. Koch

    • m

      he will be missed and he will be rembered in cudahy middle, high , elementry school rest in peace

  • michael garber

    he will be missed in cudahy, middle, high and elemntry school rest in peace MR. Koch

  • Wilmarie Rosas

    May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family. Both my daughters got the pleasure to meet him while in Parkview school in Cudahy. He is greatly missed by all the students in the district.

  • wayne

    He was a wonderful Christian, Husband to a wonderfully lovely wife e, a Father to Missionary daughters who have been a Blessing to literally thousands of people, a man of music and teaching the young its beauty, a Brother in hard times, a lover of nature and a Herpetologist of renown.

    One of the Lord’s true Saints went home today. God Bless him and please Lord watch over his family in this terrible time.

    Folks, please pray for his family.

    • Debi Harper

      I didn’t know him but Wayne that was such a heartfelt message to his family. Praying for you all. Sounds like he was very loved and respected. Watch for who shows up in his place at school and make sure they keep his dedication up to par.The kids will suffer if not, so be picky.

  • Taylor Zaworski

    May his soul rest in peace.
    He was my band teacher for 4 years. And I absolutely loved him, he inspired, encouraged, and touched many children’s hearts. He was the best band teacher because he went out of his way to exceed. Tuesday Night Bands, End of the year pizza parties, and all around was just and maxing person. Possibly Heaven needed another teacher that was amazing

  • Mariah

    Mr. Koch was my band teacher 6th through 9th grade.
    He was a wonderful man who was always happy & cheerful.
    He will be missed.
    Praying for his family at this time!

  • Katelynn Vogel

    Mr. Koch was my band teacher 4th-6th grade.!
    He influenced me to play the clarinet. He thought me everything I know. It is sure hard to miss such a good guy. You never know how life can just go by so fast. He doesn’t deserve this! All of his old students and newer studen will sure miss him. R.I.P Mr. Koch.
    Many will miss you.

  • Hannah

    Mr. Koch was a great teacher that always pushed me to do my best. He always brought excitement to teaching and there was never a full moment in his class. Today students were shocked and upset to hear this devastating news, but he was very loved and will be missed. Rest in peace Cookie Monster </3

  • Reagan

    He was the best teacher I every had. He was the one who talked me into joining band and gave me extra help. We Will miss you forever you will be missed but never forgotten.
    My heart goes out to his family. But don’t worry he is at rest now with the best grandmother up their and my twin bothers. He is in great hands.
    Lincoln elementary school will miss you thank you for the best years!!

  • michael

    he was a great man and he was like my best friend we talked a lot through the hallways but now he’s gone. R.I.P. Mr. coach.

  • Natalie

    What a beautiful testimony to see all the heart felt comments from Carl’s former and current students. Carl walked the walk and was a beacon of light who guided, directed, and illuminated the Way for his students. Praying for his family, friends, colleagues, and students.

  • jim

    RIP Carl. We never met, but I followed your field herpetology work and I had hope we’d meet someday as I’m in Wisconsin often. You’ll be missed.

  • Carmen

    My child came home from school yesterday and ran into my arms and sobbed like he has never done. At that moment I thought that I would do anything to take his pain away. A short while later I realized that what I wouldn’t do would be to change my son and Mr. Koch meeting. How blessed he is and we are for having known this wonderful man. They connected on music and animals, but most of all they shared a beautifully, quirky sense of humor. The school district of Cudahy has many great teachers, but only a handful of exceptional ones, and in that regard lost one of the best.

  • Nat

    Our Mr. Cookie Monster is gone. We found out yesterday, most of the people were crying. we all wish he didn’t die. we wish he could’ve at least broken an arm or something like that, not die. RIP Mr. Cookie.

  • Roger Repp

    You have lead many of us who like snakes to the promised land near your home in Wisconsin. You are respected across the nation, not only for being a good music teacher, but also, a good herpetologist. You WILL be missed sir!

    • Carl's family

      Kyana, unless you know, for sure, the person who asked you to text him, I would suggest you don’t text him. It looks to me like someone who doesn’t know you trying to cause problems… It’s an unusual number, and an unusual place to post that.

  • Theresa Schoemann

    Mr. Koch was not only my band teacher fifth through eighth grade and one of my mentors through my high school years, but was also one of the main reasons I have gone into my field of choice, teaching music. I was lucky enough to have the chance to come in and observe and teach side by side with him last year, I would not change that for the world. Add to the fact that I would never have explored my love of herpetology without the gift of my first terrarium from him in fifth grade, he has been an amazing influence on my life, rest in peace Carl, a wonderful mentor and colleague.

  • Carl's family

    We can’t begin to tell you what an encouragement it is to read all these comments. Thank you, dear people, for your love for Carl, and for your encouraging words. Know that he did truly love you all.

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