Age 55, of Farmington Hills, passed away November 25, 2010, after a courageous eight-year battle with cancer. Daniel (Dan) was born in Washington, D.C. on January 4, 1955, the son of Drs. Abram (Abbey) and Stephanie (Stef) Barch. Dan’s family moved to East Lansing the Fall of 1955. He graduated from East Lansing High School in 1972.
Dan graduated from Western Michigan University (WMU) in 1976 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree, and with a second major in Accounting. While there he was a member of the WMU Tennis Team, ROTC, and the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. It was at college that he formed a lasting friendship with Trask Schindler and met Trask’s family, including Dan’s future wife Joan Ellen Schindler. Dan was a self-employed Certified Public Accountant. He was also the Accountant for the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, (MCRGO).
Dan was a proud member of MCRGO, the National Rifle Association (NRA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). He enjoyed playing tennis, playing the saxophone, harmonica, and keyboard, hunting, target and cowboy-action shooting competitions, and long-distance bicycling.
He was preceded in death by his father, Abbey Barch, and brother-in-law, W. Trask Schindler, Jr. Dan is survived by his wife of 24 years, Joan Barch, mother, Stephanie Barch, brother, David (Daverille) Barch, other sisters-in-law, Susan Schindler, Beth Schindler, and Julia (Larry) Grabowski, nieces, Faith (Richie) Reitter, Sara Corrothers, Rachel Barch and Casey Figueredo, and nephew, Jack Barch.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 1924 Coolidge Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Memorial contributions may be made to the Josephine Ford Cancer Center, 6777 W. Maple, West Bloomfield, MI 48322. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.