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William Wallace “Buddy” Burch

May 14, 1946 –
 January 11, 2023


William Wallace “Buddy” Burch passed away January 11, 2023 in Richardson, Texas. Born May 14, 1946 in Dallas, Texas.  He resided in Richardson, Texas and worked in various roles in the field of sales management, later transitioning to a role in the Plano Independent School District as a monitor in transportation for special needs children until retiring in 2021.

Buddy was a devoted member of the Hella Shrine Temple, the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, the State Fair of Texas Parade Committee, Harley Davidson Owners Group, Royal Order of Jesters Court #25, Sons of the Confederacy/Mechanical Calvary, Past Master of Metropolitan Lodge #1182, with dual membership at East Dallas Lodge and was bestowed the honored 33° degree of Masonry.

Survivors include wife, Donna; sister Billie Ann Connor and husband David; brother Gene Burch and wife Reba; daughter, Jennifer Milam and husband Gary; grand daughter Alexis Milam; grandson Zach Milam, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Buddy was preceded in death by father Eugene W. Burch, mother Eleanor W. Burch, and sister Genie Bynum.

Although tough as nails, Buddy would spend his free time volunteering, and for many years you could find him on Christmas Eve passing out gifts to children at Scottish Rite Hospital of Dallas.  Buddy was also a skilled motorcycle rider attending yearly Shrine competitions and trips to Sturgis with fellow Shriners and friends.  Maybe a tough exterior, but Buddy was caring, compassionate, had a heart of gold and was undeniably the best friend anyone could ever have. He will be missed by his family and all who loved him.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:00p.m. on January 29, 2023 at Hella Shrine Temple, 2121 Rowlett Road, Garland, Texas 75043.

Memorial contributions are welcome at Shriner’s Hospitals for Children at 2121 Rowlett Road, Garland, Texas 75043, or Scottish Rite Hospital of Dallas.

Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

One Thought on William Wallace “Buddy” Burch
    Billie “BB” Connor
    18 Jan 2023

    Very true, my brother had a heart of gold and could express his heart in his beautiful poems.
    Billie Connor

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