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Mr. Frederic D. Birch Obituary
Frederic D. Birch, age 65, of Clinton Township, passed away May 1, 2012. Loving husband and best friend of Arlene (nee Zahnweh) whom he married May 26, 1973 in St. Louis, Mo. Dear brother of Willis (Carol), Rochester Hills, Robert (Linda), Canton Township, Corrine (Richard) Stier, Macomb Township and Marie (Adolfo) Escamilla, Portage. Brother-in-law of Elda L. Pfitzinger, St. Louis, Mo., Frances (John) Dill, St. Louis, Mo. and Judy Birch, Baraboo, Wi. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Nephew of Sister Mary Schwartz, Nazareth, Mich., Claire Birch, Windsor, Ontario and Helen (William) Dawson, Leamington, Ontario. Fred was predeceased by his parents, Willis and Corrine Birch; brother, Thomas J. Birch; nephew, Nelson Birch and niece, Sarah Stier. Longtime special best friend of Thomas, Agnes, Kyle and Brandon Trondle, Jr., Greg Patton, Thomas Miller and Thomas Trondle, Sr. and all of his many classic car enthusiasts and Friday shuffleboard friends. Special thanks to family, friends, neighbors who offered prayers, hugs and comfort and were always there for us. Special thank you to Nurse Joette, Home Health Aide Nora and the wonderful staff from Henry Ford Hospice. He will be greatly missed by his best four-footed friend, Dewey. Fred was a Detroit Police Officer from 1973-1999 and in the U.S. Air Force from 1966-1970 as an aircraft mechanic, serving in Vietnam. In addition to family, friends and rock 'n roll, "GTO Fred's" lifelong passion was restoring and showing his 1967 GTO and building a 1934 Ford Hot Rod with the expertise of his great friends; Tom Trondle Jr. and Greg Patton. He was always so grateful for your knowledge, skill, time and especially your friendship. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, May 4 at Gendernalik Funeral Home, 35259 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore. Visitation 2:30-9 p.m. Thursday, May 3 in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Henry Ford Hospice, Office of Philanthropy, 1 Ford Place, 5A, Detroit, MI 48202-3450.
Published in The Macomb Daily on May 2, 2012
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