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Thomas Birchem

Thomas Edward Birchem, age 63, of Fire Tower Rd, Dresden, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at St. Frances Hospital, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, at Murphy Funeral Home in Martin, with Rev Terry Griffin and Rev Billy Moody officiating. Burial will follow at East Side Cemetery in Martin. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Wednesday until service time. He was a graduate of Dresden High School, was a driver for Tosh Farms and a Baptist. Birchem is survived by his wife, Sandy Hill Birchem of Dresden; his sons, Shannon (Tonya) Birchem of Holiday, and Austin (Laura) Birchem of Martin; a step daughter, Christy Gordon of Dresden; and step sons, Matt McClanahan of Bay City, Texas, and Joseph (Cassie) McClanahan of Draffenville, Kentucky; several grandchildren; a brother, Greg Lynn Birchem; and father-in-law, Elgie D. Hill of Dukedom. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Waymon Birchem; and his parents, James Birchem and Ruth Margaret Tilley Birchem. Online tributes may be left at

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