Terry Lee Burch, 53, Minot, formerly of Yakima, Wash., was hospitalized Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Bismarck. He passed away late Friday evening surrounded by his family.
Terry was born to Donna and Eugene Burch in Lewiston, Idaho, on Jan. 20, 1960. He was the oldest of three boys; big brother to Mike and Mark Burch. He was an avid outdoorsman, spending lots of free time in the mountains of Idaho hunting and fishing. Terry was most happy outdoors, considering the mountains his home.
He was a graduate of Timberline High School in 1978. There he was the basketball star for all four years and was voted most popular in his graduating class.
Saying Terry had a strong work ethic was an understatement. After high school he started logging in the backwoods of Idaho, and later relocated his family to Yakima, Wash. There he met his soulmate Robyn. They were joined in holy matrimony on July 4, 2007, in the presence of close family and friends, nestled in the cozy backyard of Robyn's parents, Bob and Joanne Yost's, country home. They had a short but wonderful marriage. Blending a family is not an easy task but Terry and Robyn claimed each other's kids as their own. They created a close-knit home full of love and laughter. Every day he made a point to say "I love you" to his wife and kids.
After many years in Yakima, the Burches decided to move to Minot for a better life for the family. In Minot, Terry started working for Weatherford and soon earned a second family, the Weatherford crew. There he earned the title "Mr. Weatherford." Terry truly enjoyed his job, but it was the people he worked with that made it worthwhile.
Terry was a family man, nothing was more important to him. Despite distance, Terry kept in close contact with his parents, kids and close friend Chris, calling them every Sunday just to talk about the weather. Terry was the glue that held his family together.
Terry was a mentor, father, son, brother and friend. Well known for putting others above himself, he always took others under his wing. He taught countless lessons to many that will never be forgotten, whether in work or home his heart for others never stopped. He always had a helping hand a caring spirit and an ear to listen.
His humor was vital in the Burch household. The jokes and stories will never be gone from our memories. He could make anyone laugh no matter the place, time or situation. Terry always had the right words to say, his smile and laughter will forever be imprinted on his family.
Terry's wish was to be cremated and have his ashes scattered on the North Fork River. This was an outstanding place where some of his best memories were created. The importance of North Fork is exceptionally powerful to his family, something that will always be held close.
It is indescribable to put his life into words. Terry touched so many hearts.
Those who shared in Terry Lee Burch's life include: his parents, Donna and Dick Inman; loving wife, Robyn, and children, Sean, Ryan, Cody, Dustin, Tyann, Kait, Ben and Jazzmine; brothers, Mark Burch, Minot, and Michael Burch, Idaho; mother-in-law, Joanne Yost, Yakima.
Terry was preceded in death by his father, Eugene; grandparents, Margie and Bill Sewell; uncle, Arthur "Tinker" Burch; and father-in-law, Bob Yost.
The Celebration of Terry's Life Service in Minot will be today, Wednesday, May 8, starting at 5 p.m. in the Executive Room at the Grand International Inn, 1505 N. Broadway, Minot.
Celebration of Terry's Life Service in Yakima will be Saturday, May 11, at 3 p.m. at the Christian Life Center, 716 N. 40th Ave. Yakima.
Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, is handling arrangements.
Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (www.thompsonlarson.com).