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Donal I. “Don” Burcham, 91

December 14, 2013
The Review

EAST LIVERPOOL - Lifelong East Liverpool resident and consummate Potter booster Donal I. "Don" Burcham, formerly of Meakin Street, passed away at the age of 91 at 2:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, following a lengthy illness.

Don was born in East Liverpool on Nov. 10, 1922, a son of the late Charles Stanley and Alice May Moore Burcham.

A 1941 graduate of East Liverpool High School, he was forever proud of his alma mater, and enjoyed following the sports programs through the years. In 2002, he was inducted in the East Liverpool High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments.

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Just weeks prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Don entered the U.S. Navy, and served his country during World War II era from 1942-1946. He returned to the area and began work at Crucible Steel, where he retired after 41 years.

A member of Holy Trinity Parish, Don was also involved in the Knights of Columbus Council No. 509.

Don was interested in city politics as well, and served as East Liverpool Councilman-at-large at one time. He was also a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, as well as the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association.

Preceding him in death was his beloved wife, Phyllis Elaine Reed Burcham, who passed away on Oct. 27, 2002.

Surviving is one daughter, Candice Sherry, and a granddaughter, Alexandra Sherry, both of Westerville, Ohio.

A sister, Mary Jane Looman of East Palestine survives as well as several nieces and nephews and loyal friends.

Don was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers: Lureha Calhoun, Regina Calhoun, Charles Burcham and James Burcham.

Friends may visit Monday afternoon and evening at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the Holy Trinity Parish at St. Aloysius Church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with Father Peter Haladej as the celebrant.

Burial will follow at Calcutta United Presbyterian Cemetery, where the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group will provide full military honors.

Following the service, family and friends will gather at the Dawson Family Center for fellowship.

View Don's memorial webpage and send condolences online at



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