He was born in Clay County, August 21, 1937 to Walter and Esta Crawley Burch.
Burch graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1955. Following his service in the military he attended college at Indiana State University for 3 years.
On Dec. 20, 1959, he married Kathy Ann Bryant, she survives.
He served as an aviation structural mechanic in the United States Navy retiring in 1973. Burch also worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a facilities manager retiring in 1994. During his stint with the prison system he worked at Maxwell Air Force Base (F.P.C.), the Atlanta Georgia Regional Office, the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles and the Terre Haute Federal Prison.
Burch was a member of the Retired Federal Prison Employees Association, Clay Masonic Lodge No. 85, Scottish Rite, Zorah Shrine, and the American Legion. He attended the Bowling Green United Methodist Church and enjoyed traveling, especially to Alaska, and spent much time playing the game of golf.
He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Esta Burch, brothers Kenneth and Stanley Burch; and sisters Charlotte Quilliam, Karis Fugate, Trellis Weese, and Mary Frances Hargate;
Survivors include his wife Kathy, daughter Pam Schopmeyer and friend John Mace, grandchildren Sarah Martin and husband Jason, Amanda Rubeck and friend Rusty Baumgartner, Deana Rubeck, Michael, Brianna, Phillip, and Mikayla Schopmeyer, great-granddaughter Madalyn Martin, brother Lester and wife Norma Burch; sister Viola Quilliam and mother-in-law Mary Kathryn "Kate" Bryant as well as many nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
Services will be at French Funeral Home, Thursday Aug. 23, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. with Revs. Richard Pippin and Mindy Huffman officiating. Burial will follow at Bowling Green Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-8 a.m. and again Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until time of services.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.