Paul O. Burch, 80, of Brookside Estates, Jamestown, N.Y., went to meet his maker on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility.
An area resident all of his life, he was born Dec. 30, 1931, in Onoville, N.Y., the son of the late John and Josephine (Johnson) Burch.
Paul attended Randolph Central School leaving early to work in his father's sawmill. Later in life he received his GED diploma. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Korea from 1952-54.
Paul O. Burch
He was a hardworking man and put in many years at Carborundum, Blackstone and C.&R. Construction. For 14 years he was manager of Brookside Estates Mobile Home Park, retiring due to ill health.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling, having driven coast to coast many times. He was proud of having remodeled a 60-passenger school bus into a beautiful motor home. For the shakedown cruise he headed for the Rocky Mountains.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Helen M. (Sparks) Burch, whom he married Jan. 23, 1952, in the First Baptist Church, Frewsburg; three daughters: Kathleen (Marvin) Swanson of Frewsburg, Julie (Gary) Valentine of Osage, Okla., and Lisa (John) Lauffenburger of Warren, Pa.; eight grandchildren: Jason Swanson of Frewsburg, Matthew (Janelle) Swanson of Falconer, Jenifer Cheney of Glenpool, Okla., Richard Ernewein of Osage, Okla., Paul and A.J. Valentine also of Osage, Okla., Neil Nathan MacNeil of Jamestown, N.Y., and Nichole MacNeil of Warren, Pa.; two great-grandchildren: Tyler Swanson of Falconer, and Kaycie Cowels of Glenpool, Okla.; and two sisters: Hazel Intihar of Frewsburg and Vivian Johnson of Russell, Pa.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter Faith Marie Swanson; and two brothers: Floyd Burch and Carl Burch.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday in the Falconer Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. The Rev. Fred Moore will officiate. A military service will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery, Frewsburg.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be donated to the St. Susan Center, 31 Water St., Jamestown, NY 14701.
Visit our website at www.falconerfuneralhome.net to light a candle in remembrance.