In Loving Memory

Thomas "Tom" Edward Brich

Thomas "Tom" Edward Brich

August 4th, 1941 - May 11th, 2019


Monday, May 20th, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Charter Funerals Emporia Chapel,
501 W. 6th Ave.,
Emporia KS 66801


Monday, May 20th, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery,
2000 Prairie St,
Emporia KS 66801


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.


  • Wed, May 15th, 2019 at 9:39 PM

    Tom and I extend our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. We enjoyed visiting with Tom at
    coffee. He was always so interesting with his love of antiques and travel adventures.He will be greatly
    missed, but we know he is in a better place free of pain. Tom and Vicki McKenzie

    Vicki Mckenzie, Kansas

  • Tue, May 14th, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    The children of Bill and Charlotte Stephens wishes to extend our sympathies to the family of Tom
    Brich. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Barbara Courtier, Neola, Iowa

  • Tue, May 14th, 2019 at 1:58 AM

    Dear Katy and Tom Brich's family!
    We knew Tom and Katy for many years and we will miss Tom as a good friend.
    In our thoughts we are with you!
    Maurice and Wolf

    Maurice Roberts and Wolfgang Mey, Manhattan, KS

  • Mon, May 13th, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    I wish to extend my sympathies and good wishes to the entire family. My memory of Tom was when I was involved in a traffic accident in Manhattan, and it made the 5 o'clock news. The accident happened about noon, and by 7pm that evening, he had passed the hews on to his mother, who passed it on to my mom. Something can't be done 150 miles away, without your mother finding out.

    Fred Brich, Omaha

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