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1983 Joseph 2022

Joseph Burch

April 20, 1983 — September 8, 2022


He was born on April 20, 1983, in Wausau, son of Richard Burch and the late Gayle (Habeck) Burch.  He earned his bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.  After school he began his working career at Ferguson as the warehouse manager.  He exceeded expectations and made many friends along the way.  After moving on from Ferguson, he most recently had worked at UMR, processing claims.  ​​

Joe was no doubt one of a kind.  He was always ready to be a part of some wild crazy plan - that was never really a plan - but simply someone saying, "we should try this".  He would love to be the life of whatever he was involved with, from his early days of sports and school to his later-in-life adventures.  His antics were sure to put a smile on your face - even on your hardest days.  His love of friends and family stretched far and wide.  There was always a story to be told once someone knew he was a mutual acquaintance.  Joe's hobbies included hunting, fishing, and watching his beloved Buccaneers and the Milwaukee Brewers.  He lived for his family, especially his Mom.  After her passing in 2006, he took it extraordinarily hard.  With his help, a memorial and scholarship in her name was established.  Though his passing was unexpected, the struggle was especially hard for him and after 16 years, joined his mother in heaven.  He will be missed by many for his infectious smile and laughter.

Survivors include his father, Richard Burch of Wausau; four siblings, Josh of Wausau, Thadd (fiance Jamie) of Wausau, Lucas of Bozeman MT, and Candace of Oxford OH.  Grandmothers, Beverly Burch and Grace Burch.  Aunt and Uncle's, Lawrence (Anne) Gibby, (also Godparents) of Colcord OK, Norm (Diane) Wolff of Ringle.  There are also many cousins and extended family that will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Gayle,​ his Grandparents, Vilas and Bertha Habeck and Lawrence Burch.  His aunts and uncles, David Burch, Gary(Theresa) Habeck, Jeff Habeck and Marlyn Habeck.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 930 Edgewood Rd., Wausau.  Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. until the time of service on Saturday at the church. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family to go toward the Gayle Burch Memorial Scholarship, The Gospel TLC, Inc. in Weston or Bridge Street Mission.




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