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Donald Rich

Donald J. Rich, 89 of Wayland, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the Parkview Home in Wayland.

Funeral Services have been set for 10:30 AM Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the Wayland First United Methodist Church with Pastor Jason Collier officiating. Burial with full military honors with American Legion Post #29 will be in the Wayland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 Monday at the Wayland First United Methodist Church. A Masonic Service will be held at 7:00 PM. Beatty Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. A Memorial in the name of Donald Rich has been established for the Wayland Cemetery Association, Great River Hospice and the Parkview Home.

Don was born December 5, 1923 in Wayland, IA the son of Forest Milo and Lillie N. (Bain) Rich. He graduated from Wayland High School and served in the US Army during WW II with the 101 st Airborne. He was united in marriage to Mary A. Statler on April 11, 1948 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.

He was a faithful and active member of the Wayland First United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, American Legion, National Mail Carriers Association; Chaplain for 10 years and a United Methodist Lay Speaker. He was a farmer and rural mail carrier, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed bible studies and discussions, reading, watching sports, military presentations,Masonic rites and spending time with family. He is co-author, with Kevin Brooks of the book “Glider Infantryman, Behind the Lines in WW II.”

He is survived by his wife Mary of Wayland, daughters, Sandra Hasler and husband Jim of Craig, Co and Joan Rodgers and husband Dave of Mt. Pleasant; brother Albert Rich and wife Wilma of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren, Rob and wife Jennifer Wells, Justin, Tyler and wife Angie Rodgers, Craig and wife Jessica Rodgers; great-grandson Ganon Rodgers.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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I'll always think of Don on Memorial Day. It has been my privilege to participate in the Wayland Memorial Day services with Don for many years. I'm very thankful for his service to his country and for the freedoms that he fought to defend.

Melanie Imhoff May 6 2013 12:00 AM

It is with great sadness we here note the passing of Don Rich. While Don has earned his rest, we will all feel his absence keenly. Speaking for myself and my group of Gliderman living history group members, let me say that we deeply appreciated the opportunity to know Don, share time with him at many public events over the last 8 years, celebrate his service, and honor him in his hometown July 4 parade last year. We will continue to keep memories of Don and fellow members of his generation alive to the best of our abilities, as a tribute to him and those that served with him. Our deepest sympathies to Mary, the Rogers family, and those that were such gracious hosts during our brief visit last year. We mourn your loss, but are confident of Don's ultimate victory in the hereafter. God's richest blessings to you all. "...we should thank God that such men lived". George S. Patton

Robert Blecke May 3 2013 12:00 AM

What a privilege it was to work with Don Rich in the publication of GLIDER INFANTRYMAN.He brought pleasure to buyers of WWII books, signing their copies, talking about his experiences.I like to think Don's working with Kevin Brooks and the Texas A&M Press further enriched his life in recent years.It did ours.Special thoughts go out to Don's family.

Gayla Eppright Christiansen May 3 2013 12:00 AM

Growing up in Wayland, remember Don and the participation of speaking at Memorial Day ceremonies and graduations.He was a true American citizen and was well aware of his many blessings.Know that he is with you all and watching over you all - he was a devoted family man.God wrap you in His loving arms and comfort you abundantly.

ruth (Earnest) Heck May 2 2013 12:00 AM

Accept our heartful sympathies for you loss..... our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Graig, Lisa, Christopher, Craig, Sharon, Carson, John, John and Rachael Stauffer

Rachael Stauffer May 1 2013 12:00 AM