On Jan. 17, 2014 Erlyn Fay Burch surrendered peacefully with his family at his bedside. On Nov. 14, 1935 Earl was born to Fay and Flossie Burch in Barron, Wis. During the depression the family moved to Bay City, where he grew up. Earl served his county by enlisting in the United States Air Force
. He was stationed in Salina, Kan., where he fell in love with Kathryn Kay Gust. They were married on June 1, 1957. They moved back to Bay City and raised two daughters.
After he retired from General Motors
in 1994, Earl and Kathy enjoyed traveling around the United States on their Harley, in their 57' Chevy, and in their motor home. Earl was passionate about his family, his country, classic cars, fishing on his pontoon, Michigan Football and Tiger baseball.
Earl was an ordinary man. He was not rich and famous. He did not hold a public office but he was a hero. He believed it was his duty to serve his country. He worked long hours to provide for his family. Earl taught his children and grandchildren honesty, loyalty, integrity, discipline, responsibility, work ethic and how it felt to be loved deeply. That is his legacy. Our lives have a deep hold that cannot be filled.
He is survived by his wife Kathy of Midland; sister Shirley Gagnon of Midland; daughters, Kelly Bishop of Midland and Terri Burch of Bay City; grandchildren, Brad Bishop (Katie), Heidi Gesiakowski (Joel), Holly Bishop, Jason Neitzel, Joshua Neitzel, Jeffrey Neitzel, and Corinne Bishop; and four great-granddaughters. Earl will be missed by his dog, Chief. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Delores Rozek.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of Brittany Manor, especially Kendra, Linda, Kahliena, Jordan, Mary, Darlene, Liz, and Meg. Thank you to Hospice, especially Janis. Memorial Service is pending. Cremation has taken place.