Thomas "Tom" Edward Brich August 4, 1941 - May 11, 2019 Thomas "Tom" Edward Brich of Emporia died at his home while surrounded by his loved ones on Saturday, May 11, 2019. He was 77. Tom was born August 4, 1941 in Neola, Iowa to Edward John and Gladys Grace (Smith) Brich. He joined the U.S. Army at the age of 21 and served most of his career as a cook. He married Katherine Clements on February 17, 1984 in Ft. Riley, Kansas. After Tom's service in the military he worked for USD 383 Manhattan School District. Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Gladys Brich; sisters, Joan Janson and Charlotte Stephens; brothers, Robert Brich and Butch Brich. He is survived by his wife, Katherine Brich of the home; son, Duane E. Brich of Ottawa, KS; siblings, Marion (Dutch) Madden of Council Bluffs, IA, Margaret (Paul) Vorthmann of Missouri Valley, IA, Steve (Bobbi) Brich of Galax, VA, Theresa (Bill) Berriman of Mingo, IA, and Ginny (James) Kilts of Johnstown, CO; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be officiated by Pastor Brenda Ulrich at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at Charter Funerals. Burial with military honors will follow at Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in care of Charter Funerals. Online condolences may be made at

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