William Ray ‘Bill’ Burch, 64, outdoorsman who hiked the Appalachian Trail

William Ray 'Bill' Burch
William Ray ‘Bill’ Burch

William Ray “Bill” Burch, 64, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, in Virginia Beach. Bill was born in Pontiac, Michigan, and then adopted by the late Francis and Elsie Burch.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy for eight years and later worked as a commercial HVAC Technician with Controlled Conditions Corporation for many years. He loved the great outdoors, and he hiked the Appalachian Trail.

He is cherished in memory by his wife, Rosemary Jane Ashenfelter; children, Mathew Burch, Christopher Burch and Lindsey “Burch” Piltawer; stepchildren, Jeremy and Jonathan Typpi; brother, Kenneth Burch, two granddaughters, four grandsons and three step-grandchildren; and dog, Katie.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 29, at Smith and Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville, Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 30, at the funeral home chapel. After the service concludes, there will be a reception to follow.

Share online condolences with the family at Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville.

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