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Robert LeRoy Rich Obituary

12-23-1923 - 02-18-2015

Robert was born in Long Beach, CA to Charles and Minnie Rich. He graduated from Washington High School in Long Beach. He wished to enlist in the Navy during WWII but medical issues prevented him from serving. During the war, Robert went to work at Northrup; a defense plant that built airplanes for the military. There, he met and married Ruby Locken. After the war, he raised and trained race horses with his father, Charles, and brother, Tom. He attended college in Moorhead, MN graduating in two years and nine months with a teaching credential in History and Physical Education. While in college, he was president of his sophomore class and captain of the tennis team.

Robert coached youth baseball in MN for several years and was one of the first organizers of the summer swim program. He and Ruby taught swimming lessons for the summer swim program for several years.

He taught one year in Staples, MN and then two years at Needles, CA before moving to Highland, CA where he worked in the San Bernardino school system. He taught and coached at Franklin Jr. High; became a counselor and vice principal at Del Vellajo Jr. High; completed his masters from the University of Redlands in Administration and moved on to be Vice Principal at Cajon High School in San Bernardino. Robert, then, became principal at Shannon Hills Jr. High. He served the last few years on the San Bernardino Expulsion board until his retirement.

Robert and Ruby moved to Grass Valley, CA for four years and then to Yuba City. Robert had several jobs in retirement: he was a substitute teacher at various local schools, a real estate agent for Century 21, and master ice cream maker at Swenson's Ice Cream. He especially enjoyed trips to Lake Bronson, MN and traveled the world with his second wife, Linnie Baker.

Robert was a member of First Lutheran Church in Yuba City as well as a member of SIRS. Robert was a long time member of the Kiwanis service club in San Bernardino as well as a leader for the local 4-H program. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, taking advantage of the numerous dinners and dances. Robert loved dancing and earned the nickname of "Dancing Bob". Robert was a serious gardener growing numerous flowers and very large amounts of vegetables. He was very proud of his gladiola garden. Robert continued with his love of horse racing until his death. He would check the racing results daily in the paper; looking to see how his favorite jockey, Russell Baze, had done.

Robert is survived by his first wife, Ruby Rodda; daughter, Bonnie Grahn (Lorin) of Lake Bronson, MN; son, Robert Rich Jr. (Eunice) of Lake Bronson, MN; son, Bernard Rich (Debora) of Wells, ME; daughter, Bonnie Sloan of Yuba City, CA; daughter, Tamara Rich of Pittsburg, CA; brother, Thomas J. Rich of Hemet, CA; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, grandson, Sam; great-grandson, Sam, Jr.; and his second wife, Linnie Baker.

Robert will be greatly missed by his family, his many friends and his many dancing partners. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to The First Lutheran Church comfort dog program, hospice or .

A Celebration of Life ceremony is scheduled for Robert on March 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM at First Lutheran Church, 850 Cooper Ave, Yuba City, CA.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Mar. 7, 2015
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