John Earl Rich Jr.

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John Earl Rich, Jr. was born March 3, 1925 in Houston, Texas to John E. Rich Sr. and Reora Joyce Rich, now both deceased.

John is survived by his wife Maxine Lafaye Rich. They were married for 64 years. Maxine was introduced to John as Jimmy Rich and this was his name for 64 years; never John to her.

They were blessed with two children. Danny Earl Rich of Katy, Texas and his wife Gloria; and Pamela Faye McCray of Conroe, Texas and her husband Larry. He is also survived by one brother-in-law Wendalle G. Hardin of Pearland, Texas and his wife Penny; five grandchildren Darren, Darrelle, Dannelle, Jessica and Kasey Rich; and six great-great grandchildren Taylor, Andrew, Ben, Madelyn, Logan and Kayla. They were all loved and enjoyed by him so much. He always said, "If I had known grandchildren were such a blessing, I would have had them first."

He served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Conroe for many years, was a member of the Doers Sunday School Class and taught whenever he was needed.

He was retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years with the Artillery rank of Master Sergeant. This rank he kept by choice; he was an instructor in training troops. He served in Europe and was on the front line for 18 months when his gun crew was hit and lost 7 men out of 10. He was not touched and received the Purple Heart, but declined it, saying he did not deserve it, as his men that were killed were more deserving, and he gave it back. He loved the military, but as years went by he decided to get out and serve God with all his heart. He wrote a book of his life and devotion to God called, My Awakening to Christ, and it was published.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00pm Sunday at Metcalf funeral Directors. The funeral service will be 11:00am Monday November 7, 2011 at Metcalf Funeral Directors. A private interment will be held at a later date. You are welcome to leave the family a written tribute at www.metcalffuneraldirectors.com


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Nov. 5 to Nov. 18, 2011
Arrangements under the direction of:
Metcalf Funeral Directors
1801 East White Oak Terrace | Conroe, TX 77304 | (936) 756-3311
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