Lester M. Burch

January 17, 1920 - October 19, 2013

01/17/1920 - 10/19/2013

Lester M. Burch, 93 of Glen Dale, WV, died on Saturday, October 19, 2013.
He was the son of the late Walter Walk and Geneva Burch of McMechen, WV.
Lester graduated from Union High School, where he later taught machine shop class. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1941, where he served as Machinist Mate First Class and continued to serve his country by joining the Naval Reserves.
Along with his father and brothers, he worked for W.W. Burch and Sons, Inc. General Contractors and attended refrigeration school in Pittsburgh, PA, before becoming employed at Allied Chemical Plant in New Martinsville, WV.
In 1977, Lester and his wife started their business, Burch Air Conditioning and Heating, where he continued active employment until his late 80’s. Following retirement, he continued his hobby of wood working until the age of 90.
In addition to his parents, Lester is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Allegra “Tiny” Burch; three brothers, Layman, Nelson and Walter “Buddy” Burch; and a sister, Norma Fetty.
Surviving are his sons, D. Walker Patti Burch of Glen Dale; and Tucker Burch of Florida; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends received 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 214 Marshall Street, McMechen, where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013 with Rev. Glen Baker Jr. officiating.
Interment with military honors in Greenlawn Cemetery, New Martinsville, WV.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at altmeyer.com.

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8 years ago

Dear Tucker and family, I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your Dad fondly and my heart goes out to you. God bless all of you with comfort & peace. I post this warmly, Diana

8 years ago

I’m so sorry for your loss. I cut your Dads hair for years. He was always a gentleman and always made me laugh. Also, found out he had known my Dad & Grandfather. Sending my sympathy, thoughts and prayers.

Cheryl J Skinner Patriot Guard
8 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, may your memories of Lester M. Burch give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is done. I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

Lester M. Burch is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Ruth Ann Ferris
8 years ago

So sorry to hear of the passing of Lester. I so enjoyed working with the family as did my father Frank Jefferson. The family business was always right there for us in our times of “heat crisis” and Lester’s humor will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

vic & linda rine
8 years ago

Sorry for your loss in the family. you are in our prayers,I remember your dad when we came to your house and played basketball in the driveway out back of the house.

Pete & Erin Cuffaro
8 years ago

Tucker and Family:

Sorry to hear about your father.

Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

With deepest sympathy,

Pete & Erin Cuffaro

M.M. Shelton
8 years ago

Tucker, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time of the passing of your beloved father.

Don and Sandy Schafer
8 years ago

Walker and Patti, we are so sorry to hear of Lester’s passing. He was a character, that’s for sure.