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BeattyFuneral Home Wayland
Monday September 21st, 2020
9:00am - 8:00pm

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Private Family Graveside Service

Cottonwood Cemetery
Tuesday September 22nd, 2020

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Greg Rich

Greg J. Rich, 58, of Wayland died Thursday, September 17, 2020, at the Henry County Health Care Center, following a sudden illness.

Private family graveside services have been set for 10:00AM Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the Cottonwood Cemetery. A facebook live stream will be available on the funeral homes facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BeattyPeterseim/. Open visitation will be from 9:00AM-8:00PM Monday, September 21, 2020 at the Beatty Funeral Home in Wayland. Memorial may be designated to West Park Wetlands, Wayland Fire Department or the Cottonwood Cemetery.

Greg J. Rich was born June 20, 1962, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, the son of Robert J. and Mildred V. (Hill) Rich.  He graduated from WACO in 1981 and was united in marriage to Robin Dunn, they later divorced. He was employed with Blue Bird for 22 years and recently at Eichelberger Mills as Feed Operational Manager for 18 years. He was Mayor of Wayland since 2018, council member since 2004, served on the Wayland Economic Development Board and 4th of July committee. He was a member of the Cottonwood Methodist Church and Wayland Lions. Greg enjoyed riding his motorcycle and grilling.

Survivors include his mother, Mildred, of Wayland, six siblings: Debbie Rich of Hudson, FL, Marla (William) Graf of Washington, Lorri (Russell) Conrad of Olds, Larry (Brenda) Rich of Mt. Pleasant, Patty (Karl) Krueger of Crawfordsville, Joe Rich of Mt. Pleasant and many nephews and one niece.

Preceding Greg in death was his father Robert in 2008.

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I had known Greg for only 15 years, but during that time I was fortunate enough to have lived right next door to him on West 3rd Street in Wayland. Greg gets my vote as "Best neighbor ever" because he was the most thoughtful and most helpful neighbor that I have had the privilege of knowing. His passing will leave a void in my life, and I am sure that is the case for many people.

Will Moore Sep 20 2020 12:00 AM

I'll never forget the nite Greg and I had to climb a grain leg to put a belt back on. It was thundering lightning all around and Greg says to me here you hold this big wrench up in the air and l'll do the work. He was a great person and I'll miss him.

Ed Verrips Sep 19 2020 12:00 AM

If you knew Greg you knew that he loved his town. There will never be another person like him. He was the best friend you could ever have and he was a blessing. He was a one of kind and he will always be in my heart.

Cheryl Beliel Sep 19 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear this sad news your family are in our thoughts & prayers

Steve Adrian Family Sep 18 2020 12:00 AM

I could have never repaid Greg for all of the things he did for my family and I. He helped us through a very difficult time when we needed it the most. He was always there to talk to, to lend a helping hand, and to offer his shoulder to cry on. He is one of the most sincere and generous people I have ever met. We have been very lucky that he was a part of our lives and we will miss him deeply.

The Darts Family Sep 18 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Gregs passing. He was a great guy and he will be missed truly

Kristy Ryza Sep 18 2020 12:00 AM

Greg could always be counted on to be there for friends and co-workers. When things were going really terrible, Greg would be there for you. He never stepped back from a monumental problem, no matter how deep the snow or thick the ice he was there. Greg will be greatly missed as a leader, a co-worker and a friend.

Chuck Anderson Sep 18 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Greg Rich

Janelle & Richard Schark and Haley Black Sep 18 2020 12:00 AM

Stacy MastI miss my friend and cousin, we enjoyed many years of friendship and follow-ship and great times. He was and always will be my best friend forever.

Stacy Mast Sep 18 2020 12:00 AM

We have a lot of great memories with Greg and Robin on our Harley vacations. We have seen some beautiful sites with them and made some wonderful memories that we will cherish forever. Greg was the kind of person who would do anything for anybody. He loved to help people. Even on our vacations he never met a stranger or offered to help out. We are so glad we met you Greg and are very glad we were able to call you our friend. You will be missed by many. Rest In Peace my friend. Until we meet again and ride them Harleys in the beautiful heavens above.

David and Jodi Markham-Gibson, Iowa Sep 18 2020 12:00 AM

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