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Frank Rich

October 23, 1921 February 23, 2011
Frank Rich
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Obituary for Frank Rich

Frank Rich of Hartland Township and formerly of Royal Oak, died on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Huron Valley Sinai Hospital. He was 89 years old. Born in Detroit on October 23, 1921, he was the son of Frank and Emma Rich. He graduated from high school in 19340 and began work in a parking garage in the city but soon after the outbreak of World War II, he was drafted in the US Army, eventually achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant with the 2nd Battalion, 318th Infantry serving in the European Theatre for the duration of the war. He was part of an antitank unit on the front lines when, in April of 1944, he was wounded in Germany, for which he awarded the Purple Heart. The following April, in a battle at Borenburg, Germany, according to the Army�s citation, under severe fire from hostile armor, Staff Sergeant Rich remained at his post and alone destroyed two tanks. As the enemy tank crew approached his position on foot, he repulsed them with machine gun fire. For this �courage and outstanding leadership,� he was awarded the Silver Star. Like so many men of this �greatest generation,� he returned to home and family and went back to work. He chauffeured with a limousine and was a signal tender for the railroad and lived for years in Royal Oak and eventually spent thirty years with Gilson Ayres company on Stevenson Highway in Troy where he repaired business office machines.
When he and his buddy, Eugene Giese first met June Anna Jacob at a social lounge after the war, they were both so smitten that they flipped a coin to see who would get to formally court the young beauty. Eugene won the toss but he and Frank and their eventual families remained close and after his death in 1965, Frank and June�s longtime friendship evolved into love. They were married in 1969 and enjoyed nearly four decades together before she died in April of 2008.
After his retirement, Frank spent more time golfing and bowling and tinkering with model railroads and boats. He enjoyed boating with friends and family on Lake St. Clair, eventually moving to Hartland to be nearer family. Frank Rich was tough but loving, regimented and disciplined by training, caring and soft-hearted in practice. He was well known at the Hartland Senior Center where he was part of the �euchre crew.�
He is survived by his and June�s sons and daughters, Nancy Dore, Robert (Debbie) Rich, Steven Rich, Nancy Croft, Timothy (Deanna) Giese, Lori Calmeyn, 15 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and his circle of friends at the senior center who join with his family in mourning the passing of a brave old soldier and giving thanks to God for his life among them.
Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 10:30 AM. Rev. Dr. R. John Harris to officiate. Burial & Military honor at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI. Visitation will be from 9:30 until the time of service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hartland Senior Center. For further information please phone 248-684-6645


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