Monday , March 18, 2013 - 8:41 AM
Lue S. Birch of Ogden will celebrate his 90th birthday. Family and friends may attend an open house at 6 p.m. on March 23 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sullivan Hollow 1st Ward, 976 33rd St., Ogden.
He was born on March 28, 1923, in Rigby, Idaho, to Joseph and Sadie Birch. He moved to the Ogden area, graduating from Ogden High School. He married Lucile Mary Todd on Aug. 12, 1942, in Preston, Idaho. Their vows were later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She died on June 30, 2009. Their children are Gary Birch, Patsy and Rodney Wintle, MaryLu and Pat Sheehan, and Mike and Jill Birch. He has 19 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He enlisted in the Army in 1942, serving in the 8th Army Air Force and achieved the rank of sergeant. Discharged in 1945, he worked at Defense Depot Ogden. He joined the Ogden Police Department in 1949, retiring in 1975 after 26 years. He later worked as a grounds keeper at the Weber Industrial Park. As a police officer, he initiated the school safety patrol program, managing the lost/stolen bicycle detail. There he became known as Officer Birch and received civic awards.
Active in the LDS Church, he and Lucile served in three missions in the Ogden area. They worked in the Ogden Temple for 10 years.
An avid fisherman, he enjoyed teaching his family fishing skills and traveling, taking many trips to rivers and lakes. His favorite fishing hole is Big Creek. He enjoys sports and reading.