James M. Birch

January 20, 1953 - October 7, 2016

01/20/1953 - 10/07/2016

Past Services

Sunday October 09, 2016
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Monday October 10, 2016
10:00 am
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Stonewood, WV

James M. Birch, 63, of Wheeling, passed away Friday, October 7, 2016 at home, surrounded by family.

He was born January 20, 1953, a son of the late James L. and Genevieve (Zien) Birch. James was a member of Our Lady Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Wheeling High School and worked as a truck driver for Teamster Local #697. James loved to rebuild and paint old vehicles, and enjoyed going to the Flea Markets.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his parents-in-law, George and Katharine Taylor; maternal grandparents, Michael and Mary Zien; paternal grandparents, Jessie and Ora Birch; and three family dogs, Max, Buffy and Bear.

James is survived by his loving wife, of 38 years, Theresa Taylor Birch; four sons, Justin (Elizabeth) Birch of Wheeling, Bobby (Brittany) Birch of Glen Dale, Shawn (Rebecca) Birch of Wheeling and Andrew Birch of Wheeling; one brother, Robert (Julie) Birch of Roanoke, VA; family dog, Mollie; several aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many friends.

Family and friends will be received at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 5-8 pm. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Church, 4136 Jacob Street, Monday, October 10th at 10 am. Internment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help by clicking here or to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church by clicking here.

Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.


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Susan Beihl
7 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cindy Shearer
7 years ago

Theresa , I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. Thinking of you and your family, God Bless You

Sue Nikolaus Enkiri
7 years ago

Thoughts and prayers with you at this difficult time. So sorry to hear of the passing of my childhood neighbor and friend. Many fond memories of fun times with James in Wolfe Estates.

Wendy Coulson
7 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time! May God Bless you all! Much love and prayers!! Jeff & Wendy Coulson Moundsville, WV

Andrea Edwards and family
7 years ago

My deepest sympathy to Theresa and the family. Jim will truly be missed.

Andrea Edwards and family
7 years ago

My deepest sympathy to Theresa and the family. Jim will truly be missed.

Barb Paluch
7 years ago

God Bless Jim, and the whole family. Eternal Memories

Lula Anthony
7 years ago

Dear Family,
Losing a loved one can be distressing. Therefore, it is important to draw close to God in prayer, for the Bible promises that “he himself will sustain you.”-Psalms 55:22. It is also important to reflect on the promises that he has given us thru his word the Bible concerning the hope of seeing our loved one again. I hope that you find comfort in reading these scriptures. John 11:11-44, John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15 and Revelation 21:4. My prayers are with your family. If you would like to receive a copy of the brochure-When Someone You Love Dies… please e-mail an appropriate address at the above e-mail.

Beth & Ted Hanket
7 years ago

Hugs and prayers for the whole family. So sorry for your loss.

Elaine James
7 years ago

Theresa and Family,

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time. May God Bless
George & Elaine James