Robert Aloysius Burchell (Pops) passed away Nov. 29, 2008 in Moab. He was born on Dec. 19, 1946 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Robert Aloysius Burchell and Kathryn Louise Driscoll and spent his youth in New York. As a teenager, he enjoyed long-distance running.
After high school, Bob joined the United States Army. While stationed in Tooele, Utah, he met his wife, Bonnie Striblen. Together they had three children, Patrick (Ricky), Karen and Jeffrey. They later divorced.
Bob served in the Vietnam War and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in April 1969.
During his life, Bob co-owned swimming pool maintenance businesses in New York and North Carolina. He also spent many years as a manufacturer’s representative, traveling the Western United States for his work.
He spent the past few years working to finish his 19-chapter book, “Vietnam Vet.” He finished just days before his passing.
He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by two brothers, Thomas Burchell of North Carolina, and Jim Burchell (Margaret) of Pennsylvania; his three children, Ricky Burchell of Moab, Karen Briggs of Moab, and Jeffrey (Kristi) Burchell of Las Vegas, Nev. He is also survived by four grandchildren; Alexander, Britany, Kamielle and Oliver, and several nieces and nephews.
Bob was known affectionately as “Pops” by his grandchildren and the children of his many friends. He loved spending time with his family and being “grandpa.” He also had a great love for playing pool and writing his memoirs.
His ready laugh and affectionate nature will be missed by many.
A memorial service with military honors will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. at Old City Park. (An alternate site in case of inclement weather is the Church of Christ, on Emma Blvd. in Moab).
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to cover expenses. The Robert Burchell Memorial Fund has been set up at Grand County Credit Union, 725 North Main, Moab, Utah 84532. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.