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James Ewin Rich passed away Feb. 24, 2013.

Following his wishes a memorial is planned in early April. Further details will be published at a later date. Please check the James E. Rich Memorial Page on Facebook for specific details

Born Aug. 10, 1931, in Fayette, Missouri.

Jim was a graduate of Central Methodist College and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served in Germany during the Korean War in the 18th Engineers Battalion. During his service he disarmed and disposed of live ordinances remaining in Europe from WWII. He retired from Sears after 20 years. Jim was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Methodist Church, a member of the Pachyderm Club, and a member of the Kiwanis Club.

Jim loved animals and all things outdoors including camping, swimming, and bicycling. He loved cooking and doing things for others and could always be counted on to have a positive outlook on life. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father, and friend. He will be sorely missed.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents E.E. Rich, Maud Adkisson Rich, and his sister Mary Elizabeth Rich.

He is survived by his wife Kay Rich, daughter Cindy (Rod) Stalter of Ohio, son Jim (Teresa Okada) Rich of Utah, step daughter Kim (Tom) Henley of Texas, step sons Tim (Melanie) Zoellick of St. Peters, Mo., and Kieth Zoellick of Fla., one granddaughter, Niki DeAndero, nine step grandchildren, three step great-grandchildren, and his feline friend Toby.

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