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Obituary for Rob Birch

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Rob Birch

May 3, 1929 - April 4, 2013

Rob Roy Birch Chief Warrant Officer 2, Retired Semper Fidelis Rob Roy Birch, 83, passed away on April 4, 2013 at home, in his sleep. A veteran of World War II, the Chosin Reservoir Campaign in North Korea, and the Vietnam War, Rob has now joined his U.S. Marine Corps brothers who fell before him and has been reunited with loved ones who have passed. Rob was born May 3, 1929, in Roberts, Idaho to Joseph M. Birch and Sadie Vada Shaw. He retired from the USMC after 24 years of service to our country. He worked for the U.S. Federal Protective Service for 10 years and held leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America for more than 20 years. Rob founded and led the boat ride for the blind program for 23 years with the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 2472. For 16 years he made Yuma, Ariz. his winter home. Rob married Barbara Jean Flitton on July 28, 1948; they were married for 52 years until her passing on Jan. 20, 2001. He married Pam Wintle on Oct. 12, 2005 and they were married five years before her passing on Oct. 25, 2010. Rob is survived by his sons, Robert (Barbara) of Oceanside, Calif., Shawne of Ogden, daughter Luanne of Ogden, brothers, Lou Birch and Ted Kelso of Ogden, and 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. His daughter Debra and son Dennis preceded Rob in death. A celebration of life will be held Sat. April 13, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden; where also friends may greet the family Friday, April 12th, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment: Aultorest Memorial Park. Condolences may be shared at


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Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


Timeline for Rob Birch

Born: May 3, 1929
Died: April 4, 2013

Condolences for Rob Birch

Jim Coyle posted on 4/13/13

What do I say ? Rob was my friend, Always a welcome visitor, A pleasant man with a gentel soul and a warrior spirit. You will be missed my friend, Semper Fi.


Trina Weller posted on 4/13/13

The thing that I remember most about grandpa was that he was always so full of love. He gave the best and warmest hugs. My best memories are of coming in the door and sitting next to him on the couch. He would hug me so close that I would use his belly as a cushion. He would hug me as long as I wanted without judgment or wanting anything in return. He was always a giver in every sense of the word and I will miss him more than anything.


Ted Ligori posted on 4/13/13

We had some good times at the eagles when we had our work partys up there with all of our friends and family. The best times that we had was when we worked early and we made uncooked pizzas. It was a time of laughter and good conversation. For those of us who were younger, it was fun to listen to Rob, Earl Jackson and Jay Ewing tell about their lives, and some of the things that they did as they were growing up. Those were the times that we will always remember with fond thoughts. We are sorry for Robs passing but we know that now he is with Barbara and they are both very happy. We send our sympathy to all of his family and our prayers are with all of you at this time.Lots of love from Ted and the crew of Ligori's in Ogden


Aubree posted on 4/11/13

We love you papa birch!!! You will be greatly missed by all who honored enough to know you! RIP. Enjoy the peace and tranquility you so greatly deserve!


Jeff and Vikki Taylor posted on 4/11/13

Worked with Rob for several years in the 80"s with GSA.Lots of great memories were made in the years to come. We were neighbors at the Eagles camp ground and spent a few nights around the camp fire having a cold beverage and telling lies. He is a great man of integrity and allways willing to give to others. We will miss him and our thoughts and prayers go out to the ones he has left behind. hoooRaaa