Robert Clarence Rich(1923 - 2014)

Robert (Bob) Clarence
Rich, 91, of Sun City,
Arizona, formerly of Castle
Rock, passed from this
earth to heaven on May 30,
2014 after complications
from surgery. Bob was
born in Detroit, Michigan
March 4, 1923 to Clarence
Dalman Rich and
Elizabeth Wilson Rich. He
attended Northern High
School. He spent many
wonderful hours with his
fraternal twin Bill singing,
playing sports and sneaking
on to golf courses to
play a couple holes.
Bob served in Europe
during World War II as
a paramedic. One day
he helped with General
Eisenhower's teeth cleaning
and noted the future
president had great teeth.
He was awarded two
Bronze Stars after risking
his life to pull injured
soldiers off the battlefield.
It was only recently that
he was able to speak with
family members about the
horrors he witnessed.
Bob attended University
of Michigan and Eureka
College. He also received
credits from the Citadel.
He earned a degree in
Business Administration.
One day Bob went to the
home of a young woman
he hoped to date. She
turned out not to be home,
but her beautiful friend
Memorie was. The young
couple fell in love and
married June 26, 1948 in
Birmingham, Michigan.
They had four children
and lived by the Grand
River in Lansing, Michigan.
Bob operated an Ace
Hardware store in Lansing
for many years.
Bob loved horses and
convinced Memorie to
move to Colorado and
build a home with a barn
in Surrey Ridge in 1972. He
had many years to ride and
enjoy his beloved horses.
Bob enjoyed big dishes of
ice cream with Memorie's
homemade chocolate
sauce, watching the Castle
Pines golf tournaments in
person and a good western
on television.
After moving to Colorado
Bob continued to work in
the building supply industry.
He was a member
of the Castle Rock Optimists
Club and served as
president.
Golfing was a passion
of Bob's, and in 1992 he
and Memorie moved to
Sun City, Arizona where
he could golf year round.
Singing was also a life
long pleasure for Bob, who
sang for many years in the
Desert Aires Chorus.
Bob is survived by his
wife of almost 66 years,
Memorie, his daughters
Anita Rich and Emily
Rich and sons John (Julie)
Rich and Buddy (Sheri)
Rich, grandchildren Amy
McIntosh (Andrew), Laura
Turner (John), Giovanni
Rich, German Rich, Rob
Ley, Spencer Rich, Bryan
Rich, Sarah Rich and
Preston Rich and nine
great-grandchildren. Bob's
children loved him very
much for his faithfulness,
courage and generosity.
Each was able to go to
Arizona after Bob's health
failed and spend personal
time with him.
Bob was preceded in
death by his sisters Louise
Sperberg. Dorothy Tate
and twin brother Bill.
A private memorial will
be held in the summer.
Bob will be interned at
Fort Logan.
Condolences may be
sent to Memorie Rich and
family c/o 123 Plum Creek
Parkway, Castle Rock, CO
80104.

Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from July 10 to Aug. 9, 2014