John Burch

John Paul Burch, 72, a resident of Harrisonburg, Va., passed away Thursday evening, May 23, 2013, in Rockingham Memorial Hospital. He had not enjoyed good health for the last year.

He was born July 11, 1940, at Mill Creek, the son of the late James and Iona Currence Kerns.

John moved to Harrisonburg, Va., from Elkins 14 years ago. He was a farmer.

He is survived by his wife, the former Janet Taylor; and three sons, Jason Taylor Burch and fiancee, Kaitlyn Anderson, of Harrisonburg, Va., James Burch of Staunton, Va., and John Burch and wife, Lisa, of Ivy, Va; two daughters, Traci Burch of Staunton, Va., and Paula Johnston of Montrose; and four grandchildren, Chris, Mary, Matthew and Joey Burch.

He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Todd Burch; a brother, Ike Burch; and a special cousin, Sissy Fishel.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Lindsey Funeral Homes and Crematory in Harrisonburg, Va. Following the visitation, Mr. Burch will be cremated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the local SPCA. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting