Edgar C. Birch, 69, of Ashland, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 26, 1939, in Falls of Rough, Ky., the son of James Russell and Agnes Rae Kiper Birch. He married Sandra L. Hammack on June 10, 1957, and she survives.
He is also survived by two sons, Wesley C. Birch (wife, Michelle) of Springfield and Terry L. Birch of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Roberts (husband, Jason) of Ashland, Jeremy Birch (wife, Sheila) of Lincoln, Dustin Birch serving with the USMC stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Michael Birch of Springfield; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Evelyn Swift (husband, Lonnie) of Caneyville, Ky., Betty Harvey (husband, Wayne) of Leitchfield, Ky., and Diane Geary (husband, Danny) of Caneyville, Ky.; two brothers, Russell Birch (wife, Hazel) of Sherman and Thomas Birch (wife, Eleanor) of Mason City; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Birch farmed in the Athens area for several years prior to joining the trucking business. Since 1970, he was been a semi-truck owner and operator until his retirement in June of 2001. During his retirement he has been employed part-time with Prairie International of Springfield and Springfield Tractor Trailer.
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Ashland. Cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation and committal services will be held at a later date in Leitchfield, Ky. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to
, Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice, or a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be left online at www.buchanancody.com.
Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home, Ashland Chapel
221 W. Editor St.
Ashland, IL 62612
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier from Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, 2009