Funeral services for Gilbert Burch, age 73, of Braddyville, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Clearmont Baptist Church, Clearmont, Missouri with Don Barnett and John Clayton officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, October 2 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa.
Burial will be in the Braddyville Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa.
Memorials may be directed to Braddyville Fire and Rescue or to the Clearmont Baptist Church Building Fund. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at,www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.
Gilbert Andre’ Burch was born December, 14, 1939 at Maryville, Missouri to Maynard Burch and Ioma (Fishell) Burch. He grew up in the Braddyville area and graduated from Braddyville High School and continued his education attending Taylor University in Indiana. Gilbert and Karon Troxel were united in marriage in 1975.
Gilbert’s life revolved around the church and his Lord. He accepted him into his heart in the 8th grade during a trip to South Bend, Illinois. He was blessed with a beautiful voice and his devotion to the Lord was expressed through his ministry to others in deeds, words and song. He assisted in building the Baptist Church in Clearmont and had recently devoted his time to rebuilding the church. His witnessing through song began early. He was in a quartet with his grandfather, Mose, and father, Maynard. He was in the Methodist Men’s Choir and Quartet, the singing group with the Christian Church, quartets at Clearmont Baptist and sang for hundreds of funerals over the years with his mother, Ioma, accompanying on the organ.
He sang until the hour before he passed to go to his Lord.
Gilbert was a man of many skills and talents; foremost being a farmer. He was a skilled craftsman, able to fix or build just about anything. He spent most of his life farming on the family farm, but also spent a few years driving a truck and 5 years building windows at Pella Corporation in Shenandoah. Gilbert was instrumental in building of the Clearmont Baptist Church and during the last two years rebuilding the church after a fire.
He also donated much time and effort to helping maintain the Braddyville Post Office. Regardless of the task, he was a craftsman. If he didn’t already know how to do it, he learned.
Gilbert was a people person who truly enjoyed helping others, whether it involved using his skills as a craftsman or counseling a friend in need. Everyone knew they could “call Gilbert” and no matter what was needed, he would be there. Gilbert was easy to talk to, someone who could keep a confidence and always seemed to know just what to do to help. Family and friends were very important to him. He always made the time to listen and to help.
Page 2 of 2 - He was never happier than when his family was gathered around him. Gilbert always said that a lot of families get together out of obligation, but our family actually enjoys each other and we seek out opportunities to spend time together. We aren’t a quiet group but we are a loving group.
In the intensive care unit, he instructed the nursing staff that he was most at peace with his family in the room with him, despite their reservations.
He felt his work here wasn’t done. He was concerned about the completion of the church and the times he was looking forward to with his family.
Though we weren’t ready for him to leave us, he rested in the will of the Lord and put his life in the hands of his Lord.
Preceding Gilbert in death were his parents and grandson, Scott Andre’ Burch.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Karon Burch of Braddyville, Iowa; son, Kevin Burch (Penny) of South Bend, Nebraska; daughter, Kathy Blanchard (Alan) of Clearmont, Missouri; step sons Rodney Clark (Kathryn) of Shawnee, Kansas and Terry Clark (Michelle) of Kansas City, Missouri; grandsons, Nicholas Burch (Chante) of Warsaw, Missouri, Dustin Blanchard of Clearmont, Missouri, Jesse Blanchard of Clearmont, Missouri and Tyler Clark of Manhattan, Kansas; great granddaughter, Aliecia Jade Burch of Warsaw, Missouri; sister, Chere Norman (Jim) of Corona, New Mexico and many, many friends.