TOANO - BMC (SW/SCW) Michael L. Birtcher, 41, a native of Napoleon, Ohio, lost his fight with cancer on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, surrounded by his family.
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He was a proud CHIEF in the U.S. Navy and served our country bravely for 24 years. In speaking to his integrity, even at his perceived weakest, he was "The Chief," always supporting and strengthening others. His legacy lives on in the Navy with his amazing contributions and the solid path he paved for countless present and future Sailors. Our heart-filled thank you to so many who have given their love and support.
Michael is preceded in death by his mother, Cheryl Collins Birtcher; and brothers, Frederick and Daniel Birtcher.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Rebecca; daughter, Clarice; father, Kermit "Duke"; sister, Jennifer and her husband, Craig; two nieces; one nephew and " Brothers and Sisters of the Chief's Mess."
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A celebration of Michael's life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the funeral home. Interment will follow, with full U.S. Navy military honors, in Parklawn Memorial Park.
Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2011