John Jacob Bircher

On November 26, 2017, John Jacob Bircher passed away at the Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church, Virginia, due to complications arising after being admitted for a diabetic condition.

John was born in Missoula, Montana on February 27, 1938, to Jacob and Alice (Batson) Bircher.

John never married, choosing to remain single. He graduated from Powell County High School in 1956 and spent several years at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he received a degree in Mathematics. He then spent several years in the Navy, after which he went to work for the Department of Defense as a Statistician.

Mother: Alice Margaret (Batson) Bircher — 1905-2002

Father: Jacob Jochin Bircher — 1902-1990

Sister: Alice Ariadne (Bircher) Shepherd — 1934

Brother: Frederic Louis Bircher — 1928-1945

Sister: Janice Margaret Bircher — January1933-March1933

Nephew: Edwin Alan Shepherd (Alice’s son) — 1955

John is survived by many cousins. They have all sent their love and condolences.

Besides being a brilliant mathematician, John loved working on all kinds of puzzles. He made airplanes as a hobby and enjoyed playing poker with his friends. He analyzed the stock market and frequently provided advice to family. His nephew, Edwin, could always get John to open up and talk.

Services will be held at the Adams Green Funeral Home in Herndon, Virginia on December 4, 2017, at 7 p.m. His final resting place will be at the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City, Montana. Miles City is the home of a large ranch where John’s parents previously resided with three other Bircher brothers and their families. The ranch held a special place in John’s heart. He will be missed.

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