Loren W. Koch

In Memoriam: Loren William Koch,  January 23, 1947 – December 2, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Loren William Koch, a beloved son, brother, uncle, entrepreneur, and world-traveler. Loren’s journey began on January 23, 1947, in Beatrice, Nebraska, as the son of Delbert and Lorene (Obering) Koch. He was baptized on February 16, 1947, and confirmed on March 26, 1961, embarking on a life guided by faith and compassion.

Loren’s passion for journalism led him to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he simultaneously worked at Shakey’s, honing his skills in both academics and the hospitality industry. A creative spirit, he started drawing on napkins during his tenure at Here’s Johnny’s in Omaha, a restaurant he managed, crafting the blueprint for what would later become the iconic Brother Sebastian’s.

On April 25th, 1977, Loren realized his dream by opening Brother Sebastian’s, a restaurant that would not only become a staple in the community but also a testament to his dedication and vision. Loren poured his heart and soul into the establishment, creating a warm and welcoming space for patrons to enjoy good food and good company. Brother Sebastian’s quickly became synonymous with Loren’s commitment to excellence and hospitality.

During the early 1980s, Loren’s entrepreneurial spirit took charge of a quaint lounge, breathing new life into its character and ambiance. The establishment would become known as Abercrombie’s, a distinguished and fine dining establishment.

With an eye for detail and an innate sense of style, Loren curated an atmosphere within both restaurants that seamlessly blended sophistication with warmth. His restaurants quickly became a haven for those seeking not just a meal, but a dining experience marked by exquisite cuisine and an ambiance that reflected Loren’s unique touch.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Loren’s true joy lay in the love he shared with his family and his adoration for his canine companions. He was a devoted brother and leader, cherishing every moment spent with those he held dear. His kindness, generosity, and warm spirit touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Loren was also a world-traveler, exploring different cultures and embracing the beauty of diversity. His adventures enriched his life and inspired those around him to appreciate the wonders of the world. He often traveled with friends and family, including a trip down the Amazon, where he found himself exiting the kayak into an unexpected deep hole, which proved to be a comical sight for those who joined him in kayaking.   Undoubtedly channeling the indomitable spirit of a modern-day Viking, Loren, with a twinkle in his eye, planted his oar firmly into the sandy riverbank. In that whimsical gesture, he declared his conquest, embodying the spirit of exploration and triumph over unexpected challenges. This anecdote serves as a testament to Loren’s adventurous nature and his ability to find joy even in the face of unexpected twists. It’s a tale that will be fondly recounted by those who shared in his adventures and a fitting addition to the tapestry of his rich and diverse life.

In the quieter moments of his life, Loren found solace and joy in the simple pleasures of reading and tending to his farm. He sought refuge in the embrace of a good book, allowing the written word to transport him to realms far beyond the reaches of everyday life. The tranquility of Loren’s farm served as another sanctuary. The farm became a canvas upon which he painted the hues of rural life, and each season brought new opportunities for him to nurture and cultivate, and lots of corn for his friends and family to pick. Through his love for reading and the toil of his hands on the farm, Loren found balance, enriching his soul and leaving an indelible mark on the tapestry of his well-lived life.

As we bid farewell to Loren William Koch, we celebrate a life well-lived, marked by passion, creativity, and a deep love for family, both in blood and in friendship. He leaves behind a legacy that will continue to thrive in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to share in his journey.

Loren is survived by his brothers, Roger Koch, and wife, Debra, from Flower Mound, TX, Bruce Koch and wife, Liz, from DeWitt, NE; sister, Corlyce Barth and husband, Michael from Odessa, TX; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Koch; nephews and nieces. Loren was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Lorene (Obering) Koch; brother, Gaylan Koch.

Both VISITATION: Thursday, December 7, 2023 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m., and MEMORIAL SERVICE: Friday, December 8, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to honor Loren’s life will be held at West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Rd. in Omaha, NE. Immediately following the Memorial service, there will be a GRAVESIDE SERVICE at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 10126 SW 2nd St, DeWitt, NE.

May he rest in peace, and may his memory forever be a source of comfort and inspiration to us all.


  • William James Roker Posted December 5, 2023 1:43 pm

    One of my high school friends. I will miss him at the school reunions. May he rest in peace.

  • Jerry Sestak Posted December 5, 2023 4:49 pm

    I was Loren’s and Brother Sebastian’s CPA for several years. He was a very nice person and a great client.. I always enjoyed dining at Abercrombies and Brother Sebastian’s.

  • Mike and Terri Clemens Darby Posted December 7, 2023 10:21 am

    Loren was a great friend to our grown sons, Mike, Tim and Kevin. He treated them like sons. They would drop everything to help him out whether it be as an electrician at Brother Sebastian’s or cutting wood for him before or after hunting or fishing at his beautiful setting he called home. Loren didn’t know us but we considered him a very special friend as he shared his life with our family..
    Rest in Peace, Loren, you certainly deserve it.. Mike and Terri and the entire Darby family.

  • Judy Smith Posted December 7, 2023 10:59 am

    One of the good guys, gone too soon. Rest in peace my fellow 1964 Clatonia classmate❤️

  • Rodney &Jeanine Bergmeier Posted December 7, 2023 5:16 pm

    Wish we could be with you to celebrate his life. So many memories have gone through our minds. We always enjoyed our time with him.

  • Jim Maxwell Posted December 8, 2023 3:31 pm

    Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of an inspiring man. I had the good fortune to work for Loren a few months after he opened Brother Sebastians, working along with Ted and Fred and so many others. My sincere condolences to Corky and the rest of the family and friends.

  • Cindy Sundeen Posted December 9, 2023 12:42 pm

    My deepest condolences to Loren’s entire family on his passing.. I’ve lived in Omaha since 1976 and Brother Sebastian’s has always been my favorite restaurant. I remember having numerous family celebrations there because everyone always loved it. I fondly recall Loren always greeting us at the door and stopping by our table to ask how our meals were. I remember more than once telling him that EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS FANTASTIC!! He will remain a legend in the Omaha restaurant community. Again, I’m deeply sorry to hear of his untimely passing. There will never be anyone like him.

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