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THOMAS WALKER BURCH

THOMAS WALKER BURCH MARCH 30, 1929 - JANUARY 23, 2013 Tom passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday afternoon January 23rd, 2013 in the family home at 336 Chicorica Avenue, Raton, New Mexico. The home was built by Tom's Grandfather, Thomas F. Schwachheim in the early 1880's, and had been continuously occupied by the Schwachheim-Burch families for the last 130 years. Tom graduated from Raton High School and had a keen interest in local history. He was the Curator of the Raton Museum for many years and was joined by his sister, Emily Hughes, in donating many items for the museum's collections. Tom's older brother Phil and sister Emily preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother Tim, of Santa Fe, and 3 nieces, children of his brother Phil, Phyllis of Albuquerque, Sarah of Oregon, and Esther of Pennsylvania. No services are planned but perhaps a memorial some time in the spring.


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