Robert Clarence "Bob" Rich

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  • "My condolences to the Rich family. May you find comfort..."
  • "Dad, you will be greatly missed. Anita"
    - Anita Rich
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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.
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Published in Daily News-Sun on July 24, 2014
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