Passed away peacefully, in the presence of his family, at his Santa Rosa home on October 19, 2013. Rich is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Pauline Riebli Uhr, son Joseph, daughter-in-law Jody, and grandson Owen Richard Uhr. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Eleanor Uhr. Born in Santa Rosa, March 13, 1948, and reared in Petaluma, he attended St. Vincent's Elementary School and graduated Petaluma High in 1966. A Vietnam War veteran, Rich enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966 and proudly served his country until discharged in 1972. He was a second generation Petaluma Fire Department firefighter and ambulance EMT, during an eight-year career. He enjoyed a varied employment career that also included working as a bartender for Merv and Bob McCoy at the Buckhorn Tavern and as a custom door salesman for Mission Wood Products in San Rafael. Following his retirement he and Pauline became the caretakers of Shamrock Ranch, a hunting ranch in Mendocino County, for seven years. He was devoted to his family, friends, and love of his country. Friendly and outgoing, Rich never hesitated to express an opinion or offer free advice. Graveside services will be held Monday, October 28, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, Petaluma. A Celebration of Life will follow at a location to be announced at the service. In lieu of flowers memorial don-ations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belford Rd., Ste. 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256, or Heartland Hospice of Santa Rosa.
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Published in the Press Democrat from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25, 2013