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December 07, 2023

Richard Lee Burch

Richard Lee Burch

Richard Lee Burch, 79, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at his residence.

He was born on November 5, 1940, in Catawba County, to the late James Lee Burch Jr. and Alice Woodruff Burch. Richard was a United States Marine Veteran and also dedicated 44 years of service to CommScope before retiring as purchasing manager.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Rebecca Howard, and brother-in-law, Don McGalliard.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Rochelle Icard Burch of the home; daughter, Nicole Burch-Johnston of Statesville; sons, Shawn Lee Burch and wife Tina of Taylorsville, and Brett Lee Burch and wife Tasha of Vale; grandchildren, Jessica B. Mosteller and husband Justin of Hickory, Brandy B. Helms and husband Brent of Sherrills Ford, Hannah B. Burch and Jordan of Taylorsville, Sinthya K. Burch of Vale, and Devin Lee Burch of Vale; great-grandchildren, Colby Lee Burch, Bryson Tommy Stidham, Colton Helms, Anna-Mae L. Helms, and Felix G. Houston; sisters, Nancy B. Crooks and husband Arland of Hickory, and Elizabeth B. McGalliard of Conover; brother, Carl R. Burch of Florida; and special family, Wendy Burch, Kathy Matney, and Maddie Burnside.

He instills that manual labor builds character, and to always be fair and truthful in all your dealings to maintain honor of your name.

He was a hero to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whom he loved with all of his heart.

A private graveside inurnment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Tom Cogan and Deacon Robin Cogan will be officiating the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Catawba Valley Marine Corps League.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Amvets Post 76 Honor Guard, PO Box 3042, Hickory, NC 28603.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements are with Hickory Funeral Home.


  1. Mike Pritchard on October 3, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    I began my career in purchasing when Richard hired me to work on his team at CommScope. I worked there for 34 years before retiring. I learned a lot from Richard especially about integrity. I liked it when he would call me, as well as others, “partner”.

  2. Gayle Frye on October 4, 2020 at 7:53 am

    So sorry to hear about Richard. It’s never easy giving up someone you love

  3. Judy Teague on October 6, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Rochelle, I was sorry to see the passing of Richard Oct 1st. Please know I will be praying for you & your family…such a blessing to read of a ‘life well lived’. May God give you peace & comfort. Note: see my email had to give to post here to contact me for my cell phone #. Remembering our times at SFurniture. 🙏🏼

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