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William "Bill" Rich

1928 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Age 89, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Bill was born at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, California on May 18, 1928. His parents were both from Maine and came separately to California in the early 1900's. They met in Riverside and got married in 1917. His father worked for the Riverside Light Company for 40 years. He had two older sisters (Dorothy and Francis) and a younger brother (Percy, who Bill called affectionately "Buddy"). Bill lived in Riverside his entire life. He had fond childhood memories of family traditions and vacations. He would often reminisce about the "good ole days "when Riverside was a small town, and everyone knew each other and would say "How Do" to everyone they met on the street.
In high school, Bill began dating Patricia (Patty) Abraham. They had known each other since the fifth grade. They got married in 1948 at the age of 20. In 1949, their first daughter Julie was born. In 1954, their second daughter Victoria (Vickie) was born. Bill and his daughter Julie were big Dodger fans. In 1963, they went to the fourth game of the World Series and watched the Dodgers beat the Yankees and win the World Championship. Bill's grandson Jeff was born in 1978 and his granddaughter Deanna was born in 1980. He was a devoted and involved grandfather who attended all of their swim meets, sports games, choir performances and dance recitals. Bill had a very special bond with his daughter Vickie, who passed away in 1999. Bill and Patty were married for 55 years until she passed away in 2003. Julie passed away in 2015. Bill's family was important to him and he made sure they always knew how much he cared about them.
Bill started working for the Press-Enterprise in 1942 at the age of 13 as a newspaper boy. He worked his way up to be the Assistant Circulation Manager in 1949 and then Circulation Manager. When he was 18 years old, he joined the California National Guard 40th division, Company F (Fox) and was chosen to attend leadership school. He graduated at the top of his class and was promoted to Platoon Sergeant and then to Sergeant First Class. In 1951, his division was sent to Japan during the Korean War where they constantly trained and anticipated deployment to Korea. He was promoted to Master Sergeant and then to Sergeant Major. Once his enlistment ended he resumed his career at the Press-Enterprise and continued to advance up the ranks as Circulation Director in 1952, the Assistant General Manager in 1965, the General Manager in 1980, and the Publisher in 1989. When he retired in 1993 he was the newspaper's longest-tenured employee.
Throughout his career at the Press-Enterprise, Bill was very fortunate to be afforded the opportunity to participate in planning and executing many building expansions and system improvements, studying new equipment and computers and converting to the newest innovations of printing processes. Bill looked forward to going to work and "achieving the daily miracle." He was proud that the Press- Enterprise held the highest journalistic standards and reputation. Bill hired numerous great employees who he said were very important to him and assisted him throughout his entire career at the Press-Enterprise; they stayed good friends until his passing.
In addition to Bill's important positions at the Press- Enterprise, he was active in several community organizations. He served three years on the Board of Directors of the Riverside Chamber of Commerce, as President of the California Circulation Manager Association, as President of the Sales and Marketing Executives Club of Riverside and San Bernardino, as the Chairman of the Greater Riverside United Fund Drive, as the Chairman of the Greater Riverside United Fund Drive, as the Chairman of Riverside County American Red Cross, and as the President of the Riverside Area United Way.
In 2005, Bill married his close high school friend, Idamarie (Idy) Trapnell. They had a beautiful relationship. They stayed busy doing many wonderful things such as attending a "Learning is Forever" series at UCR, attending aerobic exercise classes, going ballroom dancing and spending time with family and friends. Bill traveled to many places and had so many great adventures in his life. He and Idy would visit places such as Vancouver, Canada and take cruises to Alaska, Mexico and Hawaii. Idy passed away in 2015
Bill has three great grandchildren (and one on the way): Jack and Jonah Herndon and Bryanna and Brayden Brown. He always made sure his grandchildren and great grandchildren knew how much he loved them and how proud he was of them.
Bill was known as someone who constantly counted his blessings and always had a positive attitude. He understood that happiness comes from an attitude of how we view, interpret, and experience the world. He believed that happiness is a choice you make every day and that joy is a natural state of mind that comes from within. Oftentimes he mentioned that he had led a very fulfilling life and had a lot of wonderful memories.
Bill had such a beautiful spirit and had a positive impact on everyone he met, especially his family and friends.
Our family invites you to join in the celebration of life service that will be held on Thursday, March 1. The memorial service will take place from 10:00-11:00am at the Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living at 3891 Ridge Rd., Riverside, CA 92501. The graveside service will take place from 11:30am-12:00pm at Olivewood Memorial Park on 3300 Central Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. The reception will follow back at the Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living from 12:30-2:00pm. Arrangements Entrusted to the Care of

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Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 25, 2018
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