Edgar 'Bear' Burch III
Lt. Col. Edgar Francis "Bear" Burch III died Dec. 27, 2000, after the plane he was a passenger in was lost in Young Bay.
He had been a resident of Juneau for a year and a half. Burch was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Juneau Amateur Radio Club and the Juneau Yacht Club.
He was born March 2, 1937, in Richmond, Va. He graduated from Ft. Lauderdale High School in 1955 and from Colorado State University in 1960.
Burch served in the U.S. Army Airborne as Jumpmaster and in the Special Forces. He was also Ranger qualified. He served three tours in Vietnam and commanded the 101st Airborne Rifle Company. For his service he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with three valor devices, Purple Heart and other medals and commendations. He became an assistant professor of military science at the University of Colorado and advisor to the National Guard.
After his military career ended in 1980, Burch went into law enforcement. He worked as a patrol officer for the city of Steamboat Springs, Colo., as undersheriff and then sheriff in Routt County, Colo., and as undersheriff in El Paso County, Colo. before retiring in 1996.
Burch was also involved in the Rotary Club in Steamboat Springs, Colo., American Hopkido Association Board of Directors, Association of Colorado Undersheriff's Optimist Club, CSU Alumni Association, National Rifle Association, Phi Delta Theta Alumni, Colorado Mountaineers and Seattle Mountaineers. He had climbed Mt. McKinley, and been an instructor and trainer in defensive tactics and weapons. He was also a pilot, avid sailor, fisherman and was learning to play the banjo.
His survivors include his wife Belinda Burch of Juneau; son Andrew Burch of Denver; stepdaughter Barbara DeBose of Kansas City; stepson Ryan Slattery of Holliman Air Force Base, N.M.; sisters Helen Bennitt of Fredricksburg, Texas, and Elise Winchester of Vero Beach, Fla.; grandson Douglas DeBose; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Barrett Burch, and his parents, Edgar F. Burch Jr. and Helen Schulze Burch of Chicago.
A memorial service will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at 11 a.m. June 25.
A 40 day party will be held for Janice ChiltonWren Thursday, April 19, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the ANB Hall.
A lifelong Juneau resident, Janice Chilton-Wren died March 8, 2001, in Anchorage. She was 40.