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Gerald Birch

April 29, 1928 — February 18, 2015

Gerald Birch

Gerald Norman "Buddy" Birch

Gerald Norman "Buddy" Birch, born on April 29, 1928, passed into Glory at 10:35 am on February 18, 2015. He was 86, a resident of Greenwell Springs, and retired as Parts Manager of Crawler Supply.

Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Janie Smith Birch, three children and their spouses, Baxter and Bonnie Birch, Carmen and Jeff Beasley, and Kyle and Belinda Birch; grandchildren, Amanda and Scott Witte, Courtney Beasley, Ashley Birch, and Brooke and Austin Birch; a great grandchild, Lyla Witte; two brothers, Ladell and Kenneth Birch; two sisters, Jeanne Krebs and Joyce Watson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mabel Birch; brothers Roy and Dewey Birch; and sisters, Maude Henderson, Lena Barnett, and Shirley Frazier.

Visiting at Blackwater United Methodist Church, 10000 Blackwater Road, Baker, on Friday, February 20, from 5-8pm, and on Saturday, February 21, from 9am until religious services at 10am, conducted by Rev. Marie Williams. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. Pall Bearers will be Austin Birch, Scott Witte, Jerry Watson, Jeff Birch, Wayne Birch, Barry Birch, and William Bright.

In a world saturated with unfulfilled promises and empty words, he clearly communicated love for his family and friends through his actions of loyalty and service. His character was one of meekness, composure, high principles, and adoration for his beloved wife and family. Never one to remain idle, he exhibited forbearance in his business ventures and pastimes, always putting great effort into every undertaking. He found joy in sharing precious time with his family, reminiscing of days gone by and creating new memories for his children and grandchildren to carry with them. He treasured his wife for 50+ years, never faltering in his complete and absolute faithfulness to her.

He has gifted his family with many wonderful years of leadership, devotion, and a legacy of love and dedication. We are lifted from our sorrow through peace in knowing that his body is now whole and he is in the presence of God, praising the one who sustained and comforted him throughout his life, even to his very last breath.

The family would like to extend sincere appreciation to the staff of The Carpenter House of St. Joseph Hospice.

You may order flowers for the family through this website.


Blackwater United Methodist Church
10000 Blackwater Road
Baker, LA  70714
Friday, February 20, 2015


Church Service

Blackwater United Methodist Church
10000 Blackwater Road
Baker, LA  70714
Saturday, February 21, 2015
10am (visiting @9am)


Blackwater UMC Cemetery
10000 Blackwater Rd.
Baker, LA  70714

Memorial Contributions

10615 Jefferson Hwy.
Baton Rouge, LA  70809
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