Donald J. 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 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Wayland First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jason Collier officiating. Burial with full military honors with American Legion Post #29 will be in the Wayland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Wayland First United Methodist Church. A Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Beatty Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. A memorial has been established for the Wayland Cemetery Association, Great River Hospice and the Parkview Home.
He was born Dec. 5, 1923, in Wayland, and was the son of Forest Milo and Lillie N. (Bain) Rich. He graduated from Wayland High School and served in the US Army during World War II with the 101st Airborne. He married Mary A. Statler on April 11, 1948.
He was a 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, 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 WWII.”
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Sandra (Jim) Hasler of Craig, Colo. and Joan (Dave) Rodgers of Mt. Pleasant; brother, Albert (Wilma) Rich of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.