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Norval Birch- Bidwell Funeral Home of St. Anthony, Idaho
Norval Birch

  Norval Wayne Birch 81, a longtime resident of the St. Anthony area passed away Sept. 23, 2014 in the St. Anthony Homestead Assisted Living Center.

Mr. Birch was born Dec. 13, 1932 in Rexburg, Idaho the son of Albert and Alice Taylor Birch. He was the fifth son of a family of five brothers and one sister. He spent his entire life managing and working on the family farm in Wilford, ID.; They started farming with horses, as well as raising cattle, chickens, pigs and sheep. He raised potatoes for 60 years as well as wheat, barley, hay and peas.

He met Karen Johnson while she was working in Thriftway Drug in St. Anthony, and they were married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on March 14, 1952. They lived the first few years on the farm in Wilford and then bought a little house in St Anthony. They remodeled and built onto that home several times. Here they raised their two children Teresa (Patrick) Horkley, and Michael (Lyn) Birch , both of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Norval and Karen have five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, who are the light of their lives. He is also survived by one sister Ronella (Melvin) Hunt, Utah. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by 5 brothers and one grandson.

Norval worked hard at several different jobs. He was forman of a potato warehouse, and then worked for 27 years for the State of Idaho as a Potato inspector. After retiring he focused on family and on raising his beautiful flowers in his yard. His hobbies included , woodworking, fishing, gardening and fixing anything that is broken.

Norval has been an active member of the LDS Church, serving as executive secretary, Sunday School president, High Priest group leader and a well loved home teacher.

Norval and Karen have traveled a lot and have seen most of the United States, Europe, China, Japan, Germany, England, France, Spain and Italy.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Anthony 2nd LDS Ward Church with Bishop Brent Thompson, Officiating. Friends may call at the Church Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:45 just prior to the services. Burial Will be in the Wilford Cemetery.

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