James Woodrow Rich, 90, passed away in Simi Valley, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005. He had been confined to a nursing home for the past year following open heart surgery in September 2004.
He was born in Pea Ridge, Ark., on Dec. 11, 1914, the son of James and Anna Rich. He was united in marriage April 9, 1948, to Clara Mae Bashe, who preceded him in death on June 24, 2001.
He was a graduate of Cassville High School and resided in Cassville both prior to 1939 and from 1948 to May, 1968, when he moved with his wife and son to Southern Calif. He first lived in California from 1939 to 1942 and moved to Alaska in 1942 to serve as a civilian employee of the Army Air Force until his return to Cassville in 1948. He owned and operated a gasoline station and automotive parts and repair businesses in Cassville. Following his retirement in 1980, he made several trips back to southwest Missouri.
Survivors include: one son, James and his wife, Gail, of Simi Valley, Calif.; two grandchildren; a sister, Jackie Meador of Springdale, Ark., and a brother, Tim Rich, of Ruidoso, N. M.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday in Fohn Funeral Home, cassville. Rev. John Duncan will conduct the services. Burial will be at Seligman Cemetery, Seligman.
FOHN FUNERAL HOME