Richard Alexander “Sam” Birchall was born Oct. 30, 1949, to Laura and Ed (HoHo the Clown) Birchall. He died suddenly and quietly at home on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.
Though named for two grandfathers, he was known as Sam throughout his life. He was the third of six children. Upon graduation from Putnam City High School in 1968, he enlisted in the Army, completing two tours of duty in Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star.
Sam’s deepest secret was attending OSU majoring in History/Economics. He also obtained a teaching certificate from UCO.
He married Janet Schwab in 1972, and they had three daughters.
His work career included retail, horticulture, educator and business owner. He was currently employed at OMRF. Sam was a lifelong OU fan, continuing to bemoan the ‘56 loss to Notre Dame which he witnessed as a 7-year-old. He loved any sport with a ball.
His grasp of details was as sharp identifying horticultural pests as analyzing battlefields.
Sam was an avid traveler and voracious reader. Whether in sports or music, his most gratifying experience was to watch his daughters play.
Sam was a gentle and tender caretaker to his mother and quick to help others in need.
Sam attended St. Charles Catholic Borromeo Church.
He is survived by his wife of five years, Carol; daughters, Cathie, Stephanie and Ann; stepsons, Jerry and John (Richelle) McKinley; sisters/brother-in-law, Marian Smith, Jane Bryson and Richard (Olga) Stone; siblings, Bill (Patti), Michael, Regina, Dan (Sami) and Charmagne; 16 nieces and nephews and 15 great-nieces and nephews; BFAM Will (Debra) Marshall; two cats and one grand-dog.
Sam leaves a host of friends who will miss his quirky humor, intentional malapropisms, infectious laugh and bright mind.
Celebration of Life service was held Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Grace Episcopal Church in Yukon. Arrangements were under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Yukon.
In lieu of flowers, donations to OMRF are requested in Sam’s memory.
Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com.