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Ira L. Burchett

August 21, 1928 - March 10, 2024

U.S. Veteran
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Ira L. Burchett, 95, passed away March 10, 2024 at Norwalk Nursing & Rehab with his loving wife, Betty, by his side.

Ira was born on August 21, 1928, in Clarke County, Iowa, near Murray, to Francis and Addie (Woods) Burchett. He was united in marriage to Betty Hirsch in Norwalk on May 31, 1959. To this union two sons were born, Kent and Kurt.

Ira earned a BS degree at Drake University, then served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956. He was a teacher for 40 years, including 24 years in Indianola, Iowa. He also coached junior high girls basketball for many years.

Woodworking was one of Ira’s passions. He built four houses, doing all the finishing himself, during his lifetime. He also enjoyed gardening, dancing, and was a life-long Iowa Hawkeyes fan. He went many times to Iowa City to cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes football team.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Kent (Michelle), and granddaughter, Aftyn, of Olathe, KS; and son, Kurt, and granddaughter, Chelsea, of Indianola, IA.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Avon Cemetery.

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