WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Donald Eugene Burch, 91, died Aug. 8, 2010, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction.
He was born Feb. 6, 1919, the son of Edmund and Catherine (Tullar) Burch, in Pomfret where he attended the Hewittville one-room schoolhouse.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army with the 995th Field Artillery Battery B and was a decorated veteran of campaigns in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany.
Mr. Burch married Irene Mower Nov. 2, 1945, in Windsor.
He worked as a spinner in 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 Junction until retiring in 1984.
He was an avid reader, a Boston Red Sox fan and an avid collector of baseball cards.
Survivors include two sons, Leonard Burch of White River Junction, who served as his companion and caregiver for several years. and Theodore Burch of Dolgeville, N.Y.; a daughter, Paulette Linkous of Christiansburg, Va.; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; four siblings, Glenn Burch of Bethel, Robert Burch of Ascutney, William Burch and Gladys Perkins of Vershire; several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Burch was predeceased by his wife in 1998; a brother, Edward Burch, and three sisters, Mildred White, Edith Kelly and Ethel Lovering.
The private graveside service will be held in Hartland Village Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may made to Disabled American Veterans, in care of VAMC, 215 North Main St., White River Junction, VT 05009.
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