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Posted by Jack Finch on 21:28:57 04/28/08

Ed Burch died Dec. 27, 2000. The plane in which he was passenger, out of Juneau, Alaska, was lost in Young Bay.

He died in a country he loved and doing what he loved.

Bear had been a resident of Juneau for a year and a half.

He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Juneau Amateur Radio Club and the Juneau Yacht Club.

He was born in Richmond, Va. March 2, 1937.

He graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1955 and from Colorado State University in 1960.

Bear was proud to have served his country in the United States Army.

His career included U.S. Army Airborne (Jumpmaster), Ranger Qualified, Special Forces, assistant professor of military science at the University of Colorado, and advisor to the National Guard.

He served three tours in Vietnam and had commanded a 101th Airborne Rifle Company.

For his service, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with three valor devices, Purple Heart and other medals and recommendations.

After his military career in 1980, he went into law enforcement. He was patrol officer for the city of Steamboat Springs, Undersheriff of Routt County, Sheriff of Routt County and Undersheriff of El Paso County. He retired in 1996.

His other activities included Rotary Club in Steamboat Springs, American Hopkido Association Board of Directors-fourth degree, Association of Colorado Under sheriffs, Optimist Club, CSU Alumni Association, National Rifle Association, Phi Delta Theta Alumni, Colorado Mountaineers instructor and trainer in defensive tactics and weapons (climbed Mt. McKinley), pilot (private, commercial, multi-engine, sea plane, rotor craft and certified flight instructor), avid sailor (participated in ARC 2000), fishing and learning to play the banjo.

He is survived by his wife, Belinda Burch of Juneau, Alaska; a son, Andrew Burch of Denver; a step-daughter, Barbara DeBose of Kansas City, Kan.; a step-son, Ryan Slattery of Holliman Airforce Base in New Mexico; two sisters, Helen Bennitt of Fredricksburg, Tex. and Elise Winchester of Vero Beach, Fla.; one step-grandson, Douglas DeBose, and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by one son, Barrett Burch; his parents, Edgar R. Burch and Helen Schulze Burch of Chicago.

A memorial service will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Va. at 11 a.m. June 25, 2001.

Wreckage found after 4 years

The Associated Press

(Published: December 9, 2004)
JUNEAU -- The wreckage of a plane that disappeared four years ago has been found near Juneau, Alaska State Troopers said.

Sonar scanners found what is believed to be the remains of a plane near Horse Island west of Douglas Island, troopers said.

Searchers were looking for signs of James Metlicka of Eagle River and Nick Mayer of Hoonah, whose boat was found capsized in the area in November.

Troopers spokesman Greg Wilkinson said the searchers believe the wreckage is of a plane departing from Juneau in December 2000. On board were Juneau residents Steve Zeckser and Edgar Burch.

There are no plans to recover the wreckage, Wilkinson said.

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