Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1935

HARVEY G. "BILL" BURCH, 83, was born to Harvey & Lulu Lauderdale Burch on Dec. 31, 1915, in Thurber, TX. He died July 25, 1999 in San Angelo with burial in Fairmount Cemetery. His close friend, R.G. Davis delivered his eulogy. He was married to Sybil Simpson in October of 1945, in Monahans. Bill attended Ranger schools and graduated from Ranger High School at Ranger, TX where he played in the band. He was employed by various oil field related firms prior to entering the U.S. Army in 1942. He served in the Pacific Theater as radio chief of intelligence and reconnaissance platoon . In 1945 he received a medical discharge and returned to oil field employment as gang pusher for Skelly Oil Company. After almost 30 years in Monahans, they moved to Crane in 1974 and then to San Angelo in 1991. He was a long-time member of United Methodist Church and a member of Sierra Vista United Methodist Church of San Angelo since 1991. Survivors at the time of his death include his wife Sybil, one son, David L. Burch and wife, Vivian, of Odessa, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and a sister, Jo Gray (RHS-1928) of El Paso and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by four sisters, Zela Burch Alderson, whose husband was Barney Alderson, Mabel Burch Anderson, Bessie Burch Anderson (RHS-1922), & Olena Burch Howard (RHS-1927).