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Roy Leonard Burch
June 12, 1934 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Roy Leonard Burch, 89, a resident of Gooding, passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at DeSano Place Suites in Gooding.
Roy Leonard Burch was born June 12, 1934 in Solo, Missouri to L.C. and Laura Burch. His family moved to Salmon, Idaho when he was 3 years old. He spent his elementary years in Salmon and later moved to Gooding. It was in Gooding he entered into his first Rodeo. He was hooked. Saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and team roping were his favorite events. He spent his high-school years in Gooding pursuing his passion for Rodeo.
Dad married Thelma Stevens on July 16, 1954. Soon after they were married dad gave up Rodeo and went into the Army. He was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas when his father had a severe accident and was bedridden. Dad was the only family member able to take over the farming and he was discharged due to family hardship.
Over the next few years, Dad worked for several ranchers in the Gannet and Gooding area’s until they were able to buy a small farm on Shoestring Road. Dad worked on the railroad for several years and farmed on the weekends. In the early 1970’s, they purchased a farm in Tuttle and built a dairy. Mom and dad divorced in 1990 and dad moved to Glenns Ferry and raised Longhorn cattle. Dad spent the next several years driving truck for Glanbia Foods during the week and farming on the weekend. He enjoyed driving truck and took a lot of pride in the fact the company he delivered cheese to said, “you can set your watch by Roy Burch’s route”.
Dad later sold the Glenns Ferry farm and semi-retired. However, he continued to farm part-time with his son, Jess. This part-time job kept him busy and happy in his semi-retirement. He worked diligently to keep every weed sprayed and every rock picked out of the fields. He could clearly show you where every rock pile had been, before he demolished it with the skid-steer rock picker. He dearly loved his work.
Dad’s hobbies included horseback riding, camping and hunting. Camping with the kids and grandkids was the height of the summer. In his later years, camping became difficult and dad instead focused on weekly breakfast outings with family and close friends.
Roy is survived by: his daughter - Roxi Reed (Ron); and his son - Jess Burch (Cindy); his 4 grandchildren - John T. Reed (April), Jena Faulkner (Steve), Christopher Burch (Charlotte), and Tyrel Burch; his 10 great-grandchildren - Reisha Burch, Nathanial Burch, Seth Burch, Jessica Burch, Annabelle Burch, Sierra Reed, Myles Reed, Faye Faulkner, Lily Faulkner and Stetson Burch.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; his brothers - Dallas & Devon; his sisters - Lucille, Ann, and Betty; and an infant son - Gary.
No services will be held at this time with remation arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Gooding Chapel.