Jack Burch 1931-2014


Jack Keith Burch, 83, Soldier, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at his home.

He was born Feb. 18, 1931, at Scott City, the son of Jay and Dorothy Hamblen Burch. He graduated from Plattsmouth High School in Plattsmouth, Neb., and earned an associate of arts degree in law enforcement.

Mr. Burch served in the U.S. Navy for 15 years and was a Korean war veteran. He also served three and a half years in the U.S. Army National Guard in Kansas and Missouri, and five years in the U.S. Air Force. He later worked in law enforcement for 15 years, first as a patrolman, then as an undersheriff. He was also appointed to the First Kansas State Task Force.

He was a member of Horton First Baptist Church and American Legion Post 400 in Topeka, and a former member of the Kansas Sheriff's Association.

He married Emma Nadene Denny on Oct. 8, 1950, at Gardner. She died Dec. 2, 1998. He also was preceded in death by a granddaughter.

Survivors include two sons, Keith Burch, Palm Bay, Fla., and Brian Burch, Wetmore; seven daughters, Carol Beaman, Soldier, Cathy Ehrsam, Stonewall, Okla., Tresa West, Pueblo, Colo., Sheri Burch, Bastrop, Texas, Patricia Elliott, Mexico, Mo., Rebecca Burch, Ozawkie, and Dawn Quinn, Bolivar, Mo.; a sister, Frances Morrison, Orlando, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial with military honors will follow in Wetmore Cemetery. Mr. Burch will lie in state at the funeral home, where family and friends will meet from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jackson County Friends of Hospice, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436. Memorial contributions may also be sent to youcaring.com

The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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