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Lawrence Edwin Burch

Ann Arbor

Lawrence Edwin Burch, 77, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2013, surrounded by his family.

A private memorial service will be held in Port Huron, Michigan on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery.

Lawrence was born in Jeddo, Michigan on August 28, 1935. He graduated from Croswell/Lexington High School. After serving in the Armed Forces during the Korean War, he continued on to receive a Bachelor's of Marketing Degree from the Michigan State University.

From his early days at Diamond Crystal Salt, Lawrence moved to Cleveland, then to Washingon DC as the Executive Director of the Potato Chip Snack food Association. Always interested in new challenges, he opened his own snack food company in Guam, a Thai restaurant in Colorado and finally a coffee farm in Costa Rica. He enjoyed adventures of all sorts; traveling, sailing, cooking, and was an avid reader of historical biography. He was a dedicated volunteer with the Phoenix Big Brothers and most recently, a volunteer at the Veterans Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Lawrence is survived by his three children, Michelle J DiLaura and her husband Tim, Gregg C. Burch and his wife Mika, and Jonathan L. Burch; his 5 grandchildren Catherine, Anna, Michael, Angela and Kenji; his 6 sisters, Maureen Young, Ann Bricker, Judy Torres, Kaye Goshman, Winnie Molloseau and Nancy Griffith; 17 of his nieces and nephews; and many friends through out the world.

Lawrence is preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Burch and Lulu Granger;

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the St. Joseph's Indian School, PO Box 300, Chamberlain, SD 57325. The family of Lawrence wishes to thank the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for their extraordinary staff and care.

Published in The Times Herald on June 9, 2013
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