- January 22, 1946 - December 25, 2012
- Fort Wayne, Indiana
of William's Passing
- One of Bill's special concerns has been offering help to people suffering because of natural disasters, both in this country and in far away lands. The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (abbreviated in the church as P.D.A.) of the Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202
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Checks in Memory of Bill may be made out to: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance / Presbyterian Church (USA) / 100 Witherspoon St. / Louisville, KY 40202 Please note that the Rev. William C. Birch was a member of Whitewater Valley Presbytery. Thanks!
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D O McComb and Sons - Pine Valley
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So sorry to learn of your loss. Our sincerest condolences to you and Bill's siblings. Though Julie had several occasions to interact...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Steve Edmondson - St. Louis, MO
“As our Associate Pastor over the past few years, Bill was always engaging and welcoming to all. You would have thought he was a founding member...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Steven Rodda - Fort Wayne, IN
“William (Bill) and Susan were my pastors in Steelville MO, when I lived there 1992-1994. I always appreciated Bill's sense of humor and kindness. ...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Cynthia Williams - Columbia, MO
“Ellie and I were Co-Pastors of the Northminster Presbyterian Church and served with Bill in the North County Presbyterian Cluster of Churches (St....Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Reverends Carleton and Ellie Stock - MO
“I was a member, with Bill and Roy, of the First Presbyterian Church of Delhi, and was Clerk of Session from 1968 until July 1976. When we moved to...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Bill Wynne - Wichita, KS
“Dear Susan, Our family sends our condolences and fond memories of our times together in Steelville. Carol Banta, John and Marilyn Lakaner, Danny,...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Carol Banta - Steelville, MO
“Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Condolences to the family.
Lowell, Jean, Mary, and...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Lowell Sterling - cincinnati, OH
The Rev. William Clyde Birch, born in Cincinnati, OH January 22, 1946, died at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne Indiana on Christmas morning, December 25, 2012. Bill was married to St Louisian, Susan L. Guyer, whom he had met while they were attending Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. After knowing each other during seminary, the couple had a whirlwind summer romance and were married two weeks after Susan finished classes, on February 11,1983. They enjoyed their life together serving as ministers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Bill pastored churches in Cincinnati Ohio (as a Student Minister); Hanover Ohio; Steelville Missouri (as Co-Pastors with Susan); St Louis Missouri; and Howe Indiana (as an Interim Pastor). As pastors, they loved and enjoyed their various flocks. And while they had many "lambs" (parishioners), they had no "kids" of their own. They did enjoy taking under their wings two international students, Joseryl O. Beckley and her brother, Josephus B. Beckley, both of Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa who attended colleges in Missouri and Indiana.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Nolan and Cecilia Charlotte Marie (nee Meyer) Birch. He is survived by his loving wife, the Rev. Susan Guyer Birch, his brothers Robert (Louise) Birch and Roy (Eleanor) Birch, a sister-in-law Catherine Birch, nephews and nieces James (Deborah) Birch, Deborah (Steven) Browne, Eric Birch, Amy (Matthew) Brueck, Erin (Marc) Schreiber, Brittany Guyer, great nieces and nephew, cousins, many friends, colleagues and cherished parishioners.
Bill loved preaching and leading worship. He was an outstanding Biblical teacher and thoughtful pastor. He was also an avid mystery reader, enjoyed researching his family genealogy, wood working, going antiquing, working in art glass and gardening. He and Susan loved traveling the back roads and catching a movie on days off. Bill's dry wit and keen sense of humor will be remembered as well as his marvelous deep voice, booming laugh, his strength, good sense and affection for all things English and Celtic.
Bill wanted to be home for Christmas, and indeed, he was, that eternal abode prepared for him by Christ. We will miss his larger than life presence in our lives.
A pubic Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Trinity Presbyterian Church 9600 St Joe Road, Fort Wayne IN, 46835 at 11:00 am, led by the Pastor, the Rev Kevin Boyd. Calling will be also be at the church on Friday, Jan. 18th from 4 to 7 pm and at 10 am prior to the Memorial Service. Committal Service will at St John's Cemetery on Neeb Road in Cincinnati OH at a later date.
Memorials may be given to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program, which responds to crisis situations, helping survivors and refugees receive the help they need during a disaster, in both this country and abroad. Memory cards are available during Calling or through the Church Office. Make checks out to Trinity Presbyterian Church with a notation that it is in memory of Bill Birch for the PDA. D. O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.
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