He was born Oct. 1, 1926, in Clay City, the son of Harry and Opal (Reed) Storm.
He attended Clay City High School, graduating in 1944, and Indiana State College, graduating in 1952. Birch served two years in the U.S. Army following WWII. Birch worked at various newspapers in Indiana, Ohio, Hawaii and Oregon as a journalist and a copy writer. Also, while in Oregon, he owned and operated an exotic chicken hatchery. Birch retired in 1994 and returned to Clay City to be closer to family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew David Dickerson.
Survivors include a sister Jane Ann (Guy) Dickerson, nieces Jo Beth (Dale) Haviland and Lisa Dickerson, grand nieces Kendall Dickerson and Elizabeth Haviland, and grand nephews Evan Dickerson and Brent Haviland. He is also survived by several cousins and extended family members.
He will be dearly missed by his family for his entertaining and exciting stories.
As per his wishes, there will be no services and cremation was chosen. The family extends their sincere appreciation to Dr. Beachy and the various doctors and staff at Union Hospital and also Hospice of the Wabash Valley VNA.
Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Clay City, has been entrusted with his care.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.