In Memory of

Dr. James Burch

Full Name: James V. Burch
Date of Birth: September 17, 1958
Date of Death: February 27, 2020
March 4, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Lewistown
Service Information:
March 5, 2020 - 1:00 PM - St. Mary's Catholic Church

Lewistown- Dr. James V. Burch, 61, of Lewistown passed away at 6:45 PM Thursday February 27, at University of Iowa Hospital at Iowa City.

He was born September 17, 1958 at Davenport, IA; the son of Harry E. and Clara (Norris) Burch. He married Lisa K. Gearing on July 4, 1992 in Canton. She survives along with his parents of Lewistown, one daughter, Nicole Burch of Davenport, IA; two brothers, Thomas (Kathy) Burch of St. David and Don Burch of Indiana, one sister, Juanita (Lyndelle) Dennis of Camp Point. He was preceded in death by one sister, Janet Burch.

James graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA; with a Doctorate degree. James was the owner of Burch Chiropractic in Lewistown. James was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lewistown. He was also a member of the Optimist Club of Lewistown and served as treasurer for many years and Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association where he also served as treasurer. James enjoyed cars, traveling and spending time with family.

A funeral mass will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lewistown with Father David Whiteside officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Lewistown. Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM Wednesday at the Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown with a rosary service following visitation at 8 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Lewistown. To view James life tribute video or send online condolences visit

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From: Lorenda and Alvin SpilkerFeb 29 2020 5:26PM
Our deepest sympathy to James family. I babysat James and his siblings. Plus, as the years went by watched all of them grow up and make a good life for their selves. Alvin and I have your families in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless Everyone. Lorenda & Alvin Spilker.
From: Sally Bair Feb 29 2020 6:23PM
To the family-   Doc was such a kind and supportive person who went above and beyond to help others.  He was always there with a smile, a laugh and his wisdom to help his patients live a more productive and pain free life.  I am so thankful to have known him as he truly cared about people.  I am sending heartfelt sympathy.  He was sure proud of all of you as he spoke kindly of his family always.  Thinking of you sincerely.  Sally Bair
From: Carol Kolves Feb 29 2020 6:59PM
Heart felt sympathy to the family.  James was always there to help one feel better.  He always greeted you with a smile.  Prayers are with the family at this time.  
From: Donna RoatFeb 29 2020 8:25PM
My Heart is so heavy for your loss!  Actually for everyone's loss because he was a great chiropractor also!  You have and have had my prayers during this difficult time!  Donna Roat
From: Kim Grosclaude Feb 29 2020 9:44PM
My condolences to James’ family.  We grew up together riding bikes on Maple street and having fun.  I learned about BRANSON and Silver Dollar City from James’ travels as a kid which sparked an interest in travel for me.  More importantly I’m not sure I’ve met another person with the ability to laugh like James did— that’s what I’ll remember the most—that joyful laugh and the fact that he was just a nice guy I called my friend.  Someday I hope to hear that laugh again.  
From: Candy whetstineFeb 29 2020 10:39PM
So very sorry to hear this. Sending hugs and prayers to all. Lisa and Nicolei am so sorry??
From: Janeile bainterFeb 29 2020 11:15PM
I am so very sorry to hear of Dr. passing . He was a very good person . And will be missed by all who knew him .
From: Andrea and Jerry MannMar 1 2020 7:26AM
I would go months at a time without seeing James and would meet and could catch up in a minute and talk like we hadn’t not seen each other for a long time. We will catch up again my forever friend. My condolences to his family.
From: Thurman & Beverly KeppleMar 1 2020 8:47AM
We are so sorry to hear about James passing. First he was a great Dr but also a friend. Not only did he  treat you as a patient but was always concerned about how all the rest of the family was doing. Will miss his kindness and friendship. May his family know that they are loved and in our thoughts and prayers.  God Bless. RIP my friend.
From: Rita Hadsall WelchMar 1 2020 9:44AM
My heart hurts for all of you at this very sad time. I’m so sorry for your great loss. James was a wonderful person.  I will always remember his great smile. I know he will be missed by all that knew him.
From: Lorrie Arnett -ParkMar 1 2020 11:33AM
Sending thoughts and prayers to Lisa, Nicole and his family. He simply was one amazing person, his personality was golden! Heaven definitely got a wonderful man . Thinking of you through the days and weeks ahead.
From: Everett and Rosie DidenMar 1 2020 12:46PM
our deepest sympathies to the entire family of James'.  He will be greatly missed in our community.  
From: Mark KlineMar 1 2020 2:30PM
So very sorry for your loss. James always found a way to come talk. He did have a joyful laugh that I can still hear and a great smile. So sad he is gone, he will be missed.
From: Tara NorrisMar 2 2020 11:04AM
To the Family and Friends of James:
I am so very sorry for your loss. Offering my deepest sympathy and condolences during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you wishing you peace and comfort at this time.
From: Dr Glenda FoyMar 2 2020 2:14PM
Thinking of y’all
Love and Hugs
From: Romy randolphMar 2 2020 2:50PM
Lisa and Nicole.. I'm so sorry for your loss. Romy
From: Tina Mar 3 2020 9:35AM
I was so sorry to hear of James passing... My deepest sympathies to his family.... He was not only a great chiropractic  doctor  he was a good friend....   he cared about his patients & their families.... and loved his family deeply... always spoke of them with pride...a great loss to this family and the community... He will be missed.
From: martha and william fidlerMar 3 2020 9:38AM
My heart felt sympathy goes out to James family. He was a great man. Bill and I had a lot of great talks with him and laughs. He always had time to visit with you and ask about your family. He will be missed. Our prayers go out to the family and friends.
From: Lynda BatesMar 3 2020 10:20AM
So sorry for your loss.  Prayers and hugs for you and Nicole
From: Wanda DanielsMar 3 2020 10:38AM
Tom &Kathy. So sorry to hear about your Brother.
From: Stellamae Carson CarleyMar 3 2020 1:55PM
So sorry Lisa.  I am your mothers cousin. Your grandpa Verne was my moms brother.  Her name was Dorotha Carson.    So sorry for your loss.  Please have your mom keep in touch.
From: Stellamae Carson CarleyMar 3 2020 1:55PM
So sorry Lisa.  I am your mothers cousin. Your grandpa Verne was my moms brother.  Her name was Dorotha Carson.    So sorry for your loss.  Please have your mom keep in touch.
From: Mary WelchMar 3 2020 6:32PM
Our Deepest Sympathy to Dr. Burch's family and friends.  He was one of kind doctor, he made you feel like you were not just a name on a chart but someone.  He tried my husband and I after his dad retired.  
From: Sue BarthMar 3 2020 9:59PM
Lisa and family
So sorry for your loss.   My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time
From: Elsie and Will NorrisMar 4 2020 12:04PM
Lisa, Nicole and family,

Words cannot express the sadness felt by the loss of our loved one. We don't have the words beyond "We're so sorry"  and pray the memories that fill your broken hearts now will bring you comfort during the difficult days ahead. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and extending our deepest sympathy.
From: Marlene KroheMar 4 2020 7:04PM
Sorry for the your loss.  James was a great chiropractor and loved talking about family.  He will greatly be missed.  Prayers to the family.
From: Galen and Tracy MillerMar 5 2020 10:50AM
The world has lost a truly kind and good soul. We are all lessened by your loss. Gone too soon, but remembered forever.
From: Sheryl & John HardestyMar 9 2020 5:11PM
We are sorry to hear of the passing of James. I have fond memories of him picking you up -Nicole & dropping you off at school.  He always had a smile on his face! We will be praying for you and your family, and keep you covered in prayer.??

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