James Burch, 62, Mandan, was called home to Heaven on September 16, 2021, at his childhood home following a battle with cancer.
A funeral service will be held 11 AM on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mandan with Pastor Kevin Zellers officiating. Burial will follow at 2 PM at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with a Prayer Service at 7 PM.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Let us remember with thanksgiving what God has done through His servant James Burch.
Jim was born in Mandan on February 10, 1959, to Harold and Marilyn (Bahm) Burch. He was united in holy marriage to Holly Helgerson on May 16, 1987, and they were blessed with 34 years of married life together. God also blessed them with the gift of children, LaNora and Orrin.
After high school, James joined the Navy and toured the world enjoying his time in the service. He was a talented mechanic and excelled at equipment repair from early 1900’s vintage through the computer age. He was ASE Master Certified and Ford Diesel Certified mechanic and worked as a machinist at Bobcat for many years. He also had a gift for training and working with animals, particularly horses. Over the years his horses could bow, lay down, load into a pickup truck box, work without a bridle, lope in place, and work on voice and silent cues. He spent many hours in the saddle “chasin’ cows” at the neighbors, after a few years in the cutting horse pen. He enjoyed many years with his children, teaching them how to hunt, fish, and ride and train horses (and couple of mules).
He is survived by his wife, Holly; children, LaNora and Orrin; father, Harold Burch, Mandan; brothers, Allen (Lynette) Burch, Sioux Falls, SD and Darold (Lisa) Burch, Bismarck; sisters, Sherry (Rodney) Stork, Arlington, NE and Karen Burch, Mandan.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Burch and father and mother-in-law, Lowell and Colleen Helgerson.
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord. We give thanks to God our Father through Jesus Christ, our Lord, for our brother, James.
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