Earl Wesley Burch of Cuba, Missouri was born Monday, May 5, 1930 at St. Francois County, Missouri to the union of James Wesley and Helen Marie (Nee: Rost) Burch and left from this life on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Sullivan, Missouri at the age of 85 years. Earl proudly served in the United States Army from 17 Sep 1952 till 16 Sep 1955. Earl earned the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the OS Service Medal. In 1976 Earl retired as the Liquor Agent for the State of Missouri after twenty years of dedicated service. After retiring Earl owned and operated the Dairy Cream in Cuba from 1976 till 1982. Earl was a member of the Cuba VFW Post #7147, Cuba American Legion Post # 522, Sullivan Fraternal Order of Eagles #3781 and was the past president and charter member of the Cuba Optimist Club. Earl enjoyed hunting quail in his younger years and spent his evenings playing Gin Rummy with Shirley. Earl spent hours watching sports on TV and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal's baseball fan. What Earl treasured most was the time he spent with family and friends. Earl was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, step father, step grandfather, step great grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, great-great uncle and friend of many. Earl was preceded in death by his parents James and Helen Burch, son James R. "Marty" Burch, step son Henry Francis Peterson III, one brother Paul Burch, two sisters Elsie Trick and Lorene Burch, brothers-in-law Edward Hobin and Bud Link and other family and friends. Those who are left to treasure his memory and to continue his legacy are his wife Shirley Burch of the home, two sons Michael Wesley and wife Stacia Burch of Sullivan and Timothy Earl Burch of Bourbon, step children Earl Stephens and wife Martha Brown of Dickenson, Texas, Terra Lynn Brown of St. Peters, Missouri, Ellen Marie and husband David Buddemeyer of O'Fallon, Missouri and Tammy Myra Gardner of Fenton, Missouri, three brothers Joe and wife Chris Burch of Colorado, Larry and wife Char Burch of Sullivan and Alvin and wife Crystal Burch of Texas, four sisters Ruth and husband Robert Lacy of Farmington, Naomi Hobin of Farmington, Jean Link of Farmington and Ann and husband Garland White of Colorado, brother-in-law Wayne Trick of California, seventeen grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held Friday, April 29, 2016 from 5:00 till 8:00 PM at the Mizell Funeral Home, 904 W Washington Street, Cuba, Missouri. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Mizell Funeral Home, 904 W Washington Street, Cuba with Pastor Gary Mace officiating. Special recorded music will be "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder" and "Wind Beneath My Wings". Interment, prayers and full military honors will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Laurel Hills Cemetery, 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cuba American Legion Post No. 522 in Earl's memory. The Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba is honored to be serving the Burch family.
Friday, April 29th, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Mizell Funeral Home
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 10:00am, Mizell Funeral Home
Laurel Hills Cemetery