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Kenneth Ray Burcham

Franklin, Indiana

Dec 27, 1946 – Oct 30, 2020 (Age 73)


December 27, 1946
October 30, 2020
Franklin, Indiana


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Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home - Franklin Obituary

Reverend Dr. Kenneth Ray Burcham, 73, passed away on Friday, October 30, 2020 at his residence in Greenwood, IN.

He was born on December 27, 1946 in Muncie, IN to Raymond D. and Daisy K. (Reynolds) Burcham. He married Nancy Louise Garman on March 19, 1982. She survives. Other survivors include his children Lee Ann Uecker (Scott) of Franklin, IN; Aaron R. Burcham of Cincinnati, OH; Cristy L. Roleson (Will) of Greenwood, IN; Holly D. Steele of Anderson, IN; Amber D. Rose (Jeremy) of New Whiteland, IN; Grandchildren Makenzie, Emma, and Abbi Burcham; Nathaniel and Marissa Uecker; Noah, Jonah, and Elijah Roleson; Tyler Overton; Gabriella and Christian Rose; Brothers John M. Burcham (Jean) of Anderson, IN; Raymond D. Burcham (Marilyn) of Dunkirk, IN; and David Burcham (Beth) of Mineola, TX. He was preceded in passing by his parents and wife Nancy K. Redwine.

Kenneth was a graduate of Daleville High School. He went on to attend Ball State University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and United Theological Seminary.

He served as a minister at United Methodist Churches in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Indiana from 1983 until 2012. He was chaplain at Eskenazi Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Franklin United Methodist Community, and Johnson Memorial Hospital. He also served as chaplain in the Indiana Guard Reserve (Chaplain First Lt.), Indiana State Police for 13 years, and Greenwood Police.  Kenneth also served as Chaplain at the Indianapolis Airport as well as for the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

Kenneth was a member of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association, NRA, Indiana Conference of Police Chaplains, and American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church, 3100 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, Indiana with visitation on Saturday, November 14 from 1:00 p.m. to time of service at 2:00 p.m. at the church.  Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin is handling arrangements.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church 3100 W. Stones Crossing Rd. Greenwood, IN 46143.

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Ken was a wonderful man who loved the Lord and lived out his faith. Well done now good and faithful servant.

I remember Ken with deep fondness for his love of Chaplaincy and of being a caring presence in his pastoral care of those beyond his own faith community. We became acquainted while he served as a Volunteer Chaplain at Reid Health here in Richmond. I hold his family in the Light and Love of God.

So sorry to hear of Ken's passing. We have many good memories of the time he served our church in Centerville. Our prayers are with your family. God Bless you during this emotional time. Please know we are thinking of all of you.
Rick & Dixie Armstrong

I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Shared a lot of good times with him through Emmas in Richmond. He was a special man and will be missed by many. Sending my love and prayers to his family.

To Kens family, especially LeeAnn & Cristy, your dad was a special man. He has a special place in my heart from his time at Middleboro UMC. He was such a positive influence on our youth group. Thank you for sharing your dad with all of us I am so sorry & I will be keeping you all in my thoughts.

I am terribly sad to learn of Ken’s death and very grateful I had a chance to see him last year. I have many wonderful memories of visits with the family when Great-Uncle Ray and Great-Aunt Daisy were still living. Rest in peace, cousin. Sending lots of love to Nancy and all the family.