Floyd D. Burch, 80

Armored-car supervisor

January 24, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Floyd Dwight Burch, a retired armored-car supervisor and World War II Marine Corps veteran, died from complications of lupus Friday at Harford Memorial Hospital. The Churchville resident was 80.

Mr. Burch was born in Hughesville, and after the death of his parents he was sent to the Episcopal Home for Children in Chevy Chase.

He attended Montgomery County public schools through the eighth grade. Although the legal age for military enlistment was 18, he misled Marine recruiters and signed up when he was 17, family members said.

Mr. Burch was a flame thrower with the 4th Marine Division during the assault of Iwo Jima in 1945. After being discharged, he returned to Baltimore and went to work as a streetcar motorman for the old Baltimore Transit Co. He subsequently was employed by Archway Motors and Odorite of Baltimore Inc. before taking a job as a driver with the old Bonded Armor Carriers.

Mr. Burch worked 32 years for the company, which was later taken over by Purolator and finally G. Loomis Armored Cars, and was a supervisor at the time of his retirement in 1992.

Mr. Burch was active in the Havre de Grace American Legion Post and had been active with Boy Scout Troop 376 in Churchville.

He enjoyed working on cars and carpentry.

Mr. Burch was an active member and former sexton at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., in Havre de Grace, where services will be held at 2 p.m. today.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Lillian Donoho; two sons, Martin D. Burch of Churchville and Richard D. Burch of Havre de Grace; a brother, Harry C. Burch of Webster, N.Y.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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