(First appeared in the August 19th edition of the Vermont Standard)
WHITE RIVER JCT -
Private graveside services will be held in the Hartland Village Cemetery for Donald Eugene Burch, 91, who died Sunday, August 8 at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in White River Jct., VT.
He was born February 6, 1919 in Pomfret, Vermont, a son of Edmund and Catherine (Tullar). Mr. Burch grew up in Pomfret and attended the Hewittville one room schoolhouse. During WWII he served in the U.S. Army serving with the 995 Field Artillery Battery B and was a decorated veteran of campaigns in : North Africa, Italy, France and Germany.
After returning home from the war he was married to Irene Mower, Nov 2, 1945 in Windsor, VT. They made their home in North Hartland until 1957 when they moved to White River Jct. where he has lived since. Mr. Burch worked as a spinner at local woolen mills including Dewey’s Mills in Quechee, Bridgewater Woolen in Bridgewater and Baltic Mills in Enfield. After the mills closed he began working at the P&C warehouse in White River Jct. until his retirement in 1984.
Mr. Burch was well known for his kindness and generosity and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was an avid reader, a fan of the Boston Red Sox and an avid collector of baseball cards.
Mr. Burch was predeceased by his wife, as well as by a brother, Edward Burch and three sisters, Mildred White, Edith Kelly and Ethel Lovering. He is survived by two sons Leonard R. Burch of White River Jct., who served as a companion and caregiver for several years, and Theodore Burch of Dolgeville, N.Y, a daughter, Paulette D. Linkous of Christiansburg, Va, six grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren; three brothers, Glenn Burch of Bethel, Robert Burch of Ascutney and William Burch of Vershire; a sister Gladys Perkins of Vershire; several nieces and nephews, and by his devoted cocker spaniel, Jasmine
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, c/o VAMC, 215 N. Main St., White River Jct., VT 05001
Knight Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.