Bachelor of Science, Missouri University, 1949. Juris Doctor, Missouri University, 1952.
Instructor business law, University Missouri, 1950, 51; member firm, Lay & Ichord, Houston, Missouri, 1952-1956O; city attorney, Houston, 1952; member, Missouri House of Representatives, 1953; speaker pro tem, Missouri House of Representatives, 1957-1958; speaker, Missouri House of Representatives, 1959-1960; member, 87th-96th Congresses from 8th Missouri District president, Washington Industrial Team, Inc., 1980-1984; president, Legislation Associations International, 1985-1992; member firm, Lathrop, Koontz, Righter, Clagett & Norquist, 1980-1983.
Served with A.C. United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946. Member Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Houston Chamber of Commerce C. Lodges: Masons. Odd Fellows.
Married Millicent Murphy Koch. Children: Richard Howard, Pamela Lee, Kyle.