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Celebrating the life of
Michael William Burch
Passed away on August 13, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Service
  • 11:00am - Monday, August 19, 2019
  • Skidaway Island United Methodist Church
  • 54 Diamond Causeway (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31411

  • 912-598-8460

Karla.. I was saddened to hear that Mike left his earthly home earlier this month. I was out of town and just found out today. He was a real gentleman and a truly nice human being. Mike was always positive, supportive and sincere and loved talking about his dogs. I enjoyed working with him at The Landings Company - he was one of a kind and will be missed ... but will live on forever in the memories of those who knew him.

Rosemary Longueira , Savannah, GA

Karla.. I was saddened to hear that Mike left his earthly home earlier this month. I was out of town and just found out today. He was a real gentleman and a truly nice human being. Mike was always positive, supportive and sincere and loved talking about his dogs. I enjoyed working with him at The Landings Company - he was one of a kind and will be missed ... but will live on forever in the memories of those who knew him.

Rosemary Longueira , Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear about this. What a shock. Mike and I were classmates and good friends in Toppenish. Our prayers for the family.

Gail & Kitty Hill, Beaverton, Oregon

I’m so sorry to hear this news. May the God of all comfort strengthen and encourage you all. Your family will be in my prayers.

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A memory of my days on south beech streetv in Toppenish with Mike and his brother Steve just around the corner. Quality family, quality man, quality memories. Comfort to each family member, especially Steve and Janice.

Stephen T. Busby, Yakima, WA

Jack and I have known Karla and Mike for over 36 years. Karla and I worked together at Quaker Chemical, and when they moved to Savannah, GA we visited them many, many times. We all played golf together and one year Mike and Jack won the Men’s Member Guest, they were all special times and special memories. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Karla and Mike’s family. Rest In Peace Mike, we loved you and will miss you. Love ?Anne Marie and Jack McMonagle

Anne Marie and Jack McMonagle, Jeffersonville , PA

Karla: I'm sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I consider him a close friend even though since i left work at the Landings i didn't see Mike that often.Of course I will be at the funeral to offer you and family my sincere condolences. George Lawrence

George Lawrence, ,

Mike was a wonderful agent at the Landings Company. His customers always loved working with him. He will be missed by his many friends.

james l robinson, savannah, Georgia

To Karla, Steve, Michael and Michelle: We just finished our class reunion for the 1962 graduates of Toppenish High School. Mike's name was mentioned frequently. A few of us played a tribute-round of golf with him in mind. I was honored to offer a few words about Mike at this reunion. He was a friend to all, an excellent student, amazingly involved in numerous sports, academic clubs and service organizations. He was an inspiration on the golf course to those of us that chose to play the game. There were six of us who called ourselves the "Toppenish Homies". We gathered in various places in the USA over the past 60 years to solidify the bonds of friendship that started as far back as junior high school. I am saddened by his passing, but will continue to hold on to the fond memories of my time with Mike.

Pete Barrett, Redmond,, WA

We are sorry for your loss. Enjoyed knowing him and you since 1993.

Don and Anna Fowler , Savannah , Ga

So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Peace be with you Fran Duncan Martignetti Toppenish class 1962

Fran Duncan Martignetti, San Jose , Ca

So very sorry for the loss of this dynamic gentleman....no matter the circumstances, it is never easy to say goodbye. A happy thought, however...I'm picturing Mike and my brother, Larry Voshall, having a grand reunion...I'm sure Larry was standing there with open arms to welcome Mike home. May you find peace and comfort in knowing Mike is no longer suffering. I will hold you close in thought and prayer. With love....Paula (Voshall) Libbey

Paula (Voshall) Libbey, West Linn, Oregon

Mike, all your pain and grief is over now. May you rest in peace.Karla, prayers go out to you and the Burch family. Lovingly, Ed & Alice

Ed&Alice Thebo , Savannah, Georgia

I was deeply saddened reading that Mike had passed on from this life. I met him in high school and always enjoyed his company. He truly had a bounce in his step. I always appreciated watching his smooth swing on a golf course and there is a shed on the Mt. Adams Golf Course that has a dimple or two on it. I know at least one of those dimples was a Mike shot. He was also a pretty good crab eater. It was fun to watch him go through them at our little gathering on Whidbey Island a few years ago. He was a very nice man and will be missed by many of us.

Chuck Tuman, SEATTLE, Washington

Karla I send this with a sad heart. I am so sorry for you loss and know your feelings. He and Ernie can be togather and share stories of their friendship time. Mike will not have any suffering or pain no more. May God’s light shine upon you and your family always. Peace, Sandy

Sandy Thompson, Longwood.Skidaway, Fl/ga

Karla, I am sorry for your loss. I am one of the many Toppenish friends Mike had. We had many great adventures in Toppenish. We all played basketball, baseball, and he and Greg Olson spend a lot of time at the local golf course together. Mike will missed dearly by all of us. Lynn Elder Yakima WA and All Class of 1962 Toppenish WA

Lynn Elder, Yakima , WA

Karla, I new Mike from The Landings Company, I had a desk right next to Mikes. I am sorry for your loss. Mike was a great person and will be missed. He always wanted to help others.

Stephen P Polsinelli, Savannah, GA

Karla, I new Mike from The Landings Company, I had a desk right next to Mikes. I am sorry for your loss. Mike was a great person and will be missed. He always wanted to help others.

Stephen P Polsinelli, Savannah, GA

I (Pat) have known Mike for 60+ years since we were students at Toppenish High School in Toppenish, WA. He was in my brother, Pete's class, a year behind me. I have always enjoyed his sense of humor as well as the friendship we shared. I shared some very fun times with him on various golf courses and other social situations. Our main communication during the last 20 years has been through the "Toppenish Homies" group and the e=mails we shared and sometimes annual "get togethers". He has been in my prayers during these last troubling years with his health problems. Both Kati & I are saddened to hear of his passing. Our condolences go out to his wife, Karla, as well as the rest of his family. Savannah Mike will be missed by this Toppenish Homie.

Pat & Kati Barrett, Everett, WA

Karla, I am so sorry for your loss. Your friends in the Tuesday Art Group are thinking of you and hoping you can soon return to paint with us.

Joyce Weinzettel, Savannah, GA

Mike and I were friends since the age of 13. I lived with his family for a time right after high school and we lived together again when he was in college at the University of Washington. As young men with small children we both worked in San Francisco at the same time. It’s the long way of saying we had history and even in the periods when we didn’t see each other there was always a place for him in my heart. He’ll remain there forever.

Ron Magers, Chicago, IL

We all will miss Mike and are so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a close high school and college friend and wish I could have seen more of him over the years. My heart-felt condolences to Mike's family.

Dave Heinl, Yakima,, WA

We all share the void in our hearts with Mike's passing. Not only was he a very good friend as well an outstanding person, l'm glad he was a friend of mine for 60 plus years.

Mike & Lynda Patterson , Lacey, Wa

Michael William Burch, 75, died August 13, 2019 at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.

He was born February 11, 1944 in Tacoma, Washington and lived in Washington, California, Texas and Pennsylvania before moving to Skidaway Island of Savannah, Georgia in 1993.

Mike graduated from Toppenish (WA) High School in 1962 and earned a BA of Science in Business and Marketing from the University of Washington in 1966.  He began a full time employment with Shell Oil’s financial department in San Francisco.  Mike continued to advance in the business world as a district, divisional and national sales manager for various pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies throughout his career.  His employment took him throughout the United States.  Mike loved living on Skidaway Island in Savannah, Georgia with his wife Karla and finished his career with over ten years of service as a realtor with The Landings Company.

Mike loved his family.  Through the years, he spoke proudly of his children and grandchildren as he watched them grow into adults.  He enjoyed playing golf with his friends.  Mike and Karla enjoyed traveling the world, including Mike’s famous bungy jump off a very high bridge in Australia.  He especially enjoyed meeting at various locations throughout the United States each year with his close high school buddies for their annual golf tournament.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Karla; son Michael Tod and daughter-in-law Toni Burch of Savannah, GA; daughter Michelle and son-in-law Kirk Randol of Fredericksburg, VA; grandson Petty Officer 2nd Class Connor Ray Randol and wife Jessica of Norfolk, VA; granddaughter Ashley and husband Corporal James Gale of Twentynine Palms, CA.  Mike is also survived by a brother Steve (Janice) Burch of The Villages, FL as well as three nephews and a niece.

A memorial service will be held Monday, August 19, 2019 at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church.

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Karla.. I was saddened to hear that Mike left his earthly home earlier this month. I was out of town and just found out today. He was a real gentleman and a truly nice human being. Mike was always positive, supportive and sincere and loved talking about his dogs. I enjoyed working with him at The Landings Company - he was one of a kind and will be missed ... but will live on forever in the memories of those who knew him.

Rosemary Longueira , Savannah, GA

Karla.. I was saddened to hear that Mike left his earthly home earlier this month. I was out of town and just found out today. He was a real gentleman and a truly nice human being. Mike was always positive, supportive and sincere and loved talking about his dogs. I enjoyed working with him at The Landings Company - he was one of a kind and will be missed ... but will live on forever in the memories of those who knew him.

Rosemary Longueira , Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear about this. What a shock. Mike and I were classmates and good friends in Toppenish. Our prayers for the family.

Gail & Kitty Hill, Beaverton, Oregon

I’m so sorry to hear this news. May the God of all comfort strengthen and encourage you all. Your family will be in my prayers.

, ,

A memory of my days on south beech streetv in Toppenish with Mike and his brother Steve just around the corner. Quality family, quality man, quality memories. Comfort to each family member, especially Steve and Janice.

Stephen T. Busby, Yakima, WA

Candle tribute lit by Linda and Don Sarge — Florida

Jack and I have known Karla and Mike for over 36 years. Karla and I worked together at Quaker Chemical, and when they moved to Savannah, GA we visited them many, many times. We all played golf together and one year Mike and Jack won the Men’s Member Guest, they were all special times and special memories. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Karla and Mike’s family. Rest In Peace Mike, we loved you and will miss you. Love ?Anne Marie and Jack McMonagle

Anne Marie and Jack McMonagle, Jeffersonville , PA

Candle tribute lit by Avelia “Fuzzy” Fusco — Pennsylvania

Candle tribute lit by Anne Marie and Jack McMonagle — Pennsylvania

Karla: I'm sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I consider him a close friend even though since i left work at the Landings i didn't see Mike that often.Of course I will be at the funeral to offer you and family my sincere condolences. George Lawrence

George Lawrence, ,

Mike was a wonderful agent at the Landings Company. His customers always loved working with him. He will be missed by his many friends.

james l robinson, savannah, Georgia

To Karla, Steve, Michael and Michelle: We just finished our class reunion for the 1962 graduates of Toppenish High School. Mike's name was mentioned frequently. A few of us played a tribute-round of golf with him in mind. I was honored to offer a few words about Mike at this reunion. He was a friend to all, an excellent student, amazingly involved in numerous sports, academic clubs and service organizations. He was an inspiration on the golf course to those of us that chose to play the game. There were six of us who called ourselves the "Toppenish Homies". We gathered in various places in the USA over the past 60 years to solidify the bonds of friendship that started as far back as junior high school. I am saddened by his passing, but will continue to hold on to the fond memories of my time with Mike.

Pete Barrett, Redmond,, WA

We are sorry for your loss. Enjoyed knowing him and you since 1993.

Don and Anna Fowler , Savannah , Ga

So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Peace be with you Fran Duncan Martignetti Toppenish class 1962

Fran Duncan Martignetti, San Jose , Ca

So very sorry for the loss of this dynamic gentleman....no matter the circumstances, it is never easy to say goodbye. A happy thought, however...I'm picturing Mike and my brother, Larry Voshall, having a grand reunion...I'm sure Larry was standing there with open arms to welcome Mike home. May you find peace and comfort in knowing Mike is no longer suffering. I will hold you close in thought and prayer. With love....Paula (Voshall) Libbey

Paula (Voshall) Libbey, West Linn, Oregon

Mike, all your pain and grief is over now. May you rest in peace.Karla, prayers go out to you and the Burch family. Lovingly, Ed & Alice

Ed&Alice Thebo , Savannah, Georgia

I was deeply saddened reading that Mike had passed on from this life. I met him in high school and always enjoyed his company. He truly had a bounce in his step. I always appreciated watching his smooth swing on a golf course and there is a shed on the Mt. Adams Golf Course that has a dimple or two on it. I know at least one of those dimples was a Mike shot. He was also a pretty good crab eater. It was fun to watch him go through them at our little gathering on Whidbey Island a few years ago. He was a very nice man and will be missed by many of us.

Chuck Tuman, SEATTLE, Washington

Karla I send this with a sad heart. I am so sorry for you loss and know your feelings. He and Ernie can be togather and share stories of their friendship time. Mike will not have any suffering or pain no more. May God’s light shine upon you and your family always. Peace, Sandy

Sandy Thompson, Longwood.Skidaway, Fl/ga

Karla, I am sorry for your loss. I am one of the many Toppenish friends Mike had. We had many great adventures in Toppenish. We all played basketball, baseball, and he and Greg Olson spend a lot of time at the local golf course together. Mike will missed dearly by all of us. Lynn Elder Yakima WA and All Class of 1962 Toppenish WA

Lynn Elder, Yakima , WA

Karla, I new Mike from The Landings Company, I had a desk right next to Mikes. I am sorry for your loss. Mike was a great person and will be missed. He always wanted to help others.

Stephen P Polsinelli, Savannah, GA

Karla, I new Mike from The Landings Company, I had a desk right next to Mikes. I am sorry for your loss. Mike was a great person and will be missed. He always wanted to help others.

Stephen P Polsinelli, Savannah, GA

I (Pat) have known Mike for 60+ years since we were students at Toppenish High School in Toppenish, WA. He was in my brother, Pete's class, a year behind me. I have always enjoyed his sense of humor as well as the friendship we shared. I shared some very fun times with him on various golf courses and other social situations. Our main communication during the last 20 years has been through the "Toppenish Homies" group and the e=mails we shared and sometimes annual "get togethers". He has been in my prayers during these last troubling years with his health problems. Both Kati & I are saddened to hear of his passing. Our condolences go out to his wife, Karla, as well as the rest of his family. Savannah Mike will be missed by this Toppenish Homie.

Pat & Kati Barrett, Everett, WA

Candle tribute lit by Generation One Artists — Georgia

Karla, I am so sorry for your loss. Your friends in the Tuesday Art Group are thinking of you and hoping you can soon return to paint with us.

Joyce Weinzettel, Savannah, GA

Mike and I were friends since the age of 13. I lived with his family for a time right after high school and we lived together again when he was in college at the University of Washington. As young men with small children we both worked in San Francisco at the same time. It’s the long way of saying we had history and even in the periods when we didn’t see each other there was always a place for him in my heart. He’ll remain there forever.

Ron Magers, Chicago, IL

We all will miss Mike and are so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a close high school and college friend and wish I could have seen more of him over the years. My heart-felt condolences to Mike's family.

Dave Heinl, Yakima,, WA

We all share the void in our hearts with Mike's passing. Not only was he a very good friend as well an outstanding person, l'm glad he was a friend of mine for 60 plus years.

Mike & Lynda Patterson , Lacey, Wa


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