Lawrence "Buck" RichSeptember 2, 1928 ~ May 26, 2017 (age 88)
Lawrence Duane “Buck” Rich, 88, of Montes Creek, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on May 26, 2017.
He was born September 2, 1928, in Altonah to Jeremiah Rich & Wanda Lamar Alexander. He married his sweetheart, Shirley Kay Warburton on February 20, 1951. They were later sealed for time & eternity in the Vernal LDS Temple on April 25, 1998 and he served with her for 4 years in the Vernal LDS Temple. They were married for 66 years and raised 6 children.
He joined the Navy in 1948, where he served 4 years on the USS Everglades. He was honorably discharged in 1952. He worked in the oilfield, while working for Williams Diamond Bit Company as an engineer, he received a letter of congratulations from the president of the company Ed B. Williams for setting a record for the longest bit run.
He grew up in 9 Mile Canyon and knew that country like the back of his hand, having spent countless childhood years exploring its beauty. After the oilfield he went back to 9 Mile and began ranching. He ranched for 10 years and after retiring he made many trips back to 9 Mile, the place he so dearly loved.
He is survived by his wife Shirley & their 6 children… Kaylene (Jerry) Johnson, Larry (Karen) Rich, Marie (Scott) Swain, Glenda (Mike) Davis, Lynn (Chelli) Rich, & Ronny (Becky) Rich; 30 Grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, & sister Delone (Vernon) Davis. There are no words to express how much we will miss him.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jerry & Wanda, brothers Chuck & Bob, sisters Charlotte, Lazon, & Jerrie, 2 grandsons Ray & Duane, 1 great grandson Kaeden Ryan Rich.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at the Lapoint LDS chapel. There will be a viewing on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Hullinger Mortuary and an hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.
Burial will be in the Altonah. Condolences may be shared at www.hullingermortuary.com
A special thanks to Shelly Justice, his nurse, for the good care and many laughs she gave him.