Bill Burche


July 5, 2019 - 3:04 PM

William Hewitt (Bill) Burche, 92, formerly of Moran, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Country Place Senior Living, Chanute. Bill was born Sept. 4, 1926, in Wichita, to Armor Burche and Vena A. (Hall) Burche.

Bill graduated from Moran High School. He served in the United States Army during World War II, and then returned to Moran where he was a farmer and dairyman his entire life.

Bill married Velva Thompson on April 3, 1993, in Moran. Velva preceded him in death on Sept. 11, 2012.

Bill loved to fish and hunt quail, enjoyed music and gardening. He was involved as an active member of the Moran American Legion for over 60 years. Bill enjoyed holidays, family dinners, and gatherings at the family farm. Bill’s ethic for hard work was passed on to his niece and nephews. 

Bill was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and one brother, Donald Burche.

Bill is survived by niece Dee Williams and husband Ken, Chanute; nephews, Doug Burche and wife Shirley, Olathe, Dan Burche and wife Cecilia, Providence, R.I., and David Burche and wife, Nancy, Hollister, Mo.; and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. 

A funeral service honoring Bill’s life will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 12, at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, 1883 U.S. 54, Iola. Burial with military honors will follow in Moran Cemetery, 3850 Nebraska Rd., Moran.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Moran American Legion, and may be left with the funeral home.

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