133 Mason St., Onalaska, WI • Call (608) 788-2188


Richard Leroy Burch

May 14, 2021 | 11 comments

Richard Leroy Burch, 29, of La Crosse, passed away on Monday, May 10th, 2021 in his home. He is at peace and soaring with the eagles.

He was born on June 9th, 1991 to his parents, Tina Marie Trueblood and Richard Burch. He attended school in La Crosse, receiving his diploma from WTC at the same time as his mom received her GED.In 2016, Richard was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. Yet, he still lived his life to the fullest and had a zest for life and adventure. He enjoyed playing cards, shooting pool, fishing, video games and spending time with friends and family.

Richard loved shooting pool. He competed twice in the Junior National Pool Leaugue Championships in Nebraska with The Boys & Girls Club and Stansfield Vending. He loved playing video games and had been known to stay up all night just to finish a game.

His biggest joy in life arrived October 26th, 2015. This was the day he held his daughter, Desirae Ann Marie for the first time. It was love at first sight. There wasn’t anything he would not do for his daughter. He loved being her dad.

As a child, you could find Richard and his mom feeding the ducks at one of many local area parks. He carried on that tradition with his daughter and loved taking her to feed the ducks. They didn’t know they were making memories, they just knew they were having fun.

He loved music. He always played songs he wanted his daughter to hear so she knew how much he loved her. Anytime there was a fair or parade, he was sure to take Desirae, never wanting her to miss out on the fun or excitement. They didn’t know they were making memories, they just knew they were having fun.

He spent countless hours on the floor playing LOL dolls or any other game she wanted to play. As long as she was happy, he was happy. He loved to take her fishing. Last year she caught her first fish. They didn’t know they were making memories, they just knew they were having fun.

Richard loved to watch his Uncle Dan race at the speedway. They spent countless hours getting the race car ready for the upcoming season. He tried to be there, cheering him on in the stands each race with Desirae cheering for “Nuncle Dan” by his side. They didn’t know they were making memories, they just knew they were having fun.

He is survived by his mother and best friend, Tina Marie Trueblood, his father, Richard Burch, and the love of his life, his daughter Desirae.

He is further survived by his brother, Brendan Meissner-Burch, sister, Cassie Meissner-Burch and many aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by many close family members including both sets of grandparents, Harlan & Kathy Secor and Leroy & Barb Murphy.

Richard was a very loving, caring, loyal and kind soul. He would go without so his family and friends didn’t have to. He was the first to offer assistance or the shirt off his back. The first time you met Richard, he was a stranger. The second time was as friends. He had a very deep belief that his departed loved ones were eagles that flew overhead and kept watch over us. He would say, “Someday, I will soar with the eagles and watch over you all.”

Richard is never far away if you need him. He is forever watching over us and protecting us. He’s there. You just have to look up for him.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St. Onalaska, WI.  Visitation will be held from 3:00 pm until the time of the service.  Following the service, a luncheon will be held at 2021 commercial st Bangor wi bring ur own lawn chair, fingerfoods and stories to share
To view Richard’s memorial service click here



  1. Shannon

    He was such a caring person who will be missed and loved, tell my dad hi up there bud!! Fly high

    • tina Trueblood

      They are already playing 654 I can see it now

  2. AmyJo Kane

    Bud you were and always will be one of a kind. You have so many great people who greeted you at those gates. Keep soaring over us kiddo…..oh & one last time…..PRAIRIE DOG!!!!!
    Sissy, I’m here for anything you need. Even if its a 12am chat (haha)

  3. Debbie Berens

    As we went through spuds pictures yesterday. Tears rolled down my cheeks.The memories were priceless. Richard had a heart of gold. He loved his mom and daughter unconditionally. The joy he brought into everyone’s life, will live on through many memories. A life so precious is gone way too soon. May you soar high with the eagles spud.
    When you flew down and almost landed on your moms car. It was honestly the most beautiful site I ever seen! I know you will always be their for your mom as the eagle, you really wanted to be. Rest in peace bud! Until, we meet again. You will be missed by many!

  4. Richard Burch Sr

    Richard you were my 21st birthday present. The best gift any man would be happy with. When I first seen you I cried tears of joy. Now I cry tears of sadness because I lost you. I will always remember the joy we had together and the fun times we had. I know you are in a better place but you will always be in my heart. I love you son.

  5. Julie Moore

    Words can’t express the loss of a child, no matter their age. My thoughts and prayers are with you today for comfort and peace. I didn’t know your son, Tina, but I am sure Richard will always be watching over you and your family & friends.

  6. Charmain K Wiggers

    I didn’t have a chance to meet you, Tina or your son, but I have heard a lot about you all. My love and prayers go out to you.

  7. Brenda Janson

    I cannot say that I knew Junior as an adult, but I did know him as an adorably sweet little boy. I know he will be greatly missed. I am so sorry to his family for his loss.

  8. Jeff Meunier

    I remember the first time Jr. was over playing games on the ps4 and some magic the gathering with us and my wife says we are having hamballs tonight for supper. The look on his face was priceless. Hamballs? He said, with that wtf face. All 5 of us in the house were like yeah hamballs. So we described them to him and told dont knockem til you tryem. From that day forward he was hooked. Just like the rest of us. Every time after that if he heard we were making hamballs, he was here for his share. Great times.

    • Tina Trueblood

      Omg this made me laugh I can see that look u are talking about u will be happy to know he liked them enough to try and get mom to be down for them I wasn’t having it lol

    • Tina Trueblood

      Omg this made me laugh I can see that look u are talking about u will be happy to know he liked them enough to try and get mom to be down for them I wasn’t having it lol


Post Your Condolences

Important: Condolences are approved before being posted. Condolences are not private, but viewable to the public.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Let's Celebrate Life Together

Call or send a message using the buttons below...
Call (608) 788-2188Send a Message