Funeral Director and Embalmer
Terry Burch was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and raised in Casper, Wyoming. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served from 1992-2000. Terry served as a Combat Medical Specialist with the 1/179 Infantry Battalion in Stillwater, Oklahoma and was assigned to Bravo Company out of Alva, Oklahoma in order to provide medical services for them. During his service in the U.S. Army Reserves he moved to Oklahoma to pursue a degree in Mortuary Science.
He worked as an apprentice, prior to college, at Memorial Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory in Casper, Wyoming. After graduating from the University Of Central Oklahoma, he worked for Brown-Sisson Funeral Home in Perry, Oklahoma and from there had the opportunity to work at various funeral homes around the state to build his experience including Shain Family Funeral Services. Mr. Burch has also had the opportunity to assist with various disasters such as the May 1999 tornadoes and Hurricane Katrina.
Terry currently has about 23 years experience in funeral service. He holds a degree not only in Funeral Science and criminology, but also is certified as a firefighter/EMT and holds numerous certificates from eye enucleating to mass casualty disaster training. He has also served on many boards such as Oklahoma SIDS Alliance where he started “A Gift From The Heart”, which is a program to help families with the financial burden of buying monuments for children, to various Lion’s Clubs and crime stopper programs. Currently he is a member of the Antlers Fire/EMS where he holds the position of Assistant Chief and works as a firefighter/EMT in his spare time.
He is the past governor for District VI of the Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association and is currently on the Pushmataha County Chamber Board. Terry also works as a part-time instructor for Kiamichi Technology Center and Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training where he teaches EMR, EMT, BLS, Wilderness Search and Rescue, Rope Rescue and any other rescue course that is requested. Terry is currently happily married to Jackie Burch and has been blessed with his children, Mathew and wife Maria, Logan and wife Caitlin and the youngest, Jasmine. He also has five wonderful grandchildren, Carter, Logan, Lucas, Emmet and Elion. Terry spends his time away from work scuba diving and camping.