Obituaries

Richard Wych

April 7, 1927 - June 25, 2019

Richard Wych

Obituary

Richard Wych, 92, passed away June 25, 2019 at Northwoods Care Center in Belvidere, Illinois, surrounded by his family. He was born April 7, 1927 in Garden Prairie, Illinois, son of John and Norine (Mack) Wych. He married Barbara Gritzmacher on May 12, 1951.

Rich (one of six brothers who served in WWII) was in the Army Infantry in Occupied Germany. He worked at various dairies and was a member of the Dairy Workers Union. He is a long-time resident of Garden Prairie.

Rich was a Boy Scout leader, enjoyed playing fast pitch softball, bowled on a league for years with his brothers and then his sons, and always enjoyed a good game of pinochle. He served on the Garden Prairie Cemetery board and the Lighting Committee of Garden Prairie. You could always find Rich enjoying a good Western!

Rich is survived by his wife, Barbara, sons, Brad (Kay) Wych, Jeff (Carol) Wych and Guy (Janice Rush) Wych; sister, Marilyn Orr; grandchildren, Karina (Kevin) Stahl, Joe Wych, Sadie Wych, Becky (Ben) Killam; Elayna (John) Luksis and David Wych; and great-grandchildren, Emily and Erik Stahl and Jack Killam. He was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers; and three sisters.

A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., Saturday, June 29 at Garden Prairie United Church of Christ, 10990 Highway 20, Garden Prairie, IL 61038. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29 at Garden Prairie United Church of Christ. Rev. Dina Lauman to officiate. Memorials can be made in his honor to Garden Prairie United Church of Christ. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

Service Schedule

Saturday, June 29, 2019
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Garden Prairie United Church of Christ

10990 Highway 20
Garden Prairie, Illinois 61038

(815) 597-3451

A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., Saturday, June 29 at Garden Prairie United Church of Christ.

Saturday, June 29, 2019
11:00 am

Garden Prairie United Church of Christ

10990 Highway 20
Garden Prairie, Illinois 61038

(815) 597-3451

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29 at Garden Prairie United Church of Christ.

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I’m very sorry to read the passing of your beloved Richard. Please accept my sincere condolences. I have personally felt comforted by the promise made by God of bringing back to life those who sleep in death (1 Thes. 4:14). So be assured that you’ll be able to hug, kiss and talk to Richard again. He will come back into an Earth free of suffering, sickness and anything that causes us to shed tears of pain (Rev. 21:4). This hope is both sure and firm because Jehovah God cannot lie (Heb. 6:18; Titus 1:2). Is my sincere desire that you can also find comfort in this words during this difficult time for you.

Ernesto 2019-07-02T19:42:04

Uncle Rich will always have a special place in my heart . I have so many fond memories of him and Aunt Barb and the family . They were always very generous to everyone . And always loads of fun . Rest in peace with the angels uncle Rich . ❤️

Margo (Gritzmacher) Doolittle 2019-06-27T16:11:02

Barb so sorry for your loss, prayers for you and your family.

Diane Morgan Smith Bye 2019-06-27T06:25:18

Praying you feel God’s Peace and Love embracing you all at this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy.

Chris Toohey 2019-06-27T06:21:46

Dear Guy and family, my heart goes out to you as you say your goodbyes to your family patriarch. Keeping you close in spirit and prayer. Love in Christ, Lorel

Lorel Nilsen 2019-06-27T05:57:31

Sending my Sympathy. Remembering Rich and all the “Wych” Family
Growing up, years ago in Garden Prairie.

Peggy Davies Fair 2019-06-26T20:58:27

He was a wonderful person to everyone he met. He will be missed.
Love and Blessings to all of his Family

Mark and Kathy Gritzmacher and Eric Gritzmacher

Kathy Gritzmacher 2019-06-26T19:22:11

There will never be another one like him. His smile & laugh could light up a room…..and your heart! He will be greatly missed. We will hold Barb in our arms .

Mickey & Howard Wilke 2019-06-26T18:40:38

My thoughts are with you Barb and with your family. I remember Rich’s smile every morning when I opened the pool. he was always there to help me out. I’m sorry I won’t be able to make the services this Saturday as we will be in Indiana for Wyatt’s birthday. My prayers and love to you Judy, Ron and Michael.

Judy Hale 2019-06-26T16:29:40

I’m sorry for your loss. Uncle Rich was always happy and had an infectious laugh. I wish my best for Barb and the family. Unfortunately I will be gone Thursday through Sunday so I won’t be able to be at the funeral. Love, Allen & Barbara Wych

Allen Wych 2019-06-26T16:03:34

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