Dateline: July 13, 2006

William Robert “Bill” Burcham, 71, died Sunday, July 9, 2006 at Amarillo.

Memorial services were at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2006, in the First United Methodist Church in Claude with Rev. Janet Edwards, Pastor, and Rev. Gene Weinette, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Stratford, officiating.

Cremation was held July 10, 2006, at City View Crematory in Vega. Services were under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc, of Clarendon.

Mr. Burcham was born May 28, 1935, to William Frederick and Nancy Burcham in Mangum, Oklahoma. He married Mary Lane on August 26, 1956, in Cordell, Oklahoma. He worked for different school districts during his career including White Deer, Wheeler County, Claude, and Highland Park and served as a teacher, counselor, and principal. He was a resident of Shamrock before moving to Claude 21 years ago. He was a member of the Armstrong County Museum Board, Gem Theater Board, Shamrock Lions Club, was the voice for Miss Irish Rose Pageant for 16 years. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Claude where he served on many committees and was a part of the Methodist Men’s group. He was a master carpenter, loved being around friends and family, and never met a stranger.

Mr. Burcham was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of Claude; 2 daughters, Dee Reeder and husband Robby of Shamrock, and Elizabeth Burcham of Amarillo; 2 grandchildren, Brad Reeder and wife Ashley of Shamrock, Reiss Reeder of Cordell, Oklahoma; 1 great grandchild, Deshya Reeder of Shamrock; 1 brother, Jim Burcham and wife Barbara of Houston; 1 sister, Sarah Schreiner and husband Wayne of Lone Wolf, Oklahoma; 4 nieces and nephews; 7 great nieces and nephews; Special Friends and Family, Gene, Brandi, Tristan, and Caleb Weinette all of Stratford.

The family requests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church in Claude.

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