ARCANUM — Donald Ray Rich, 78, of Arcanum, Ohio, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at his home.
He was born on July 18, 1942, in Middletown, Ohio, to the late Ralph and Esther (Ross) Rich.
Don was always full of life and enjoyed the beauties of nature. He loved to take walks, listen to the birds chirping, and sitting in the yard, taking in the landscaping and all the flowers Gloria and he would plant. He had a love for old furniture and was an avid antique collector. He would find something old and worn, and breathe life back into it by refinishing and refurbishing it. Don served his country honorably in the United States Army. He worked for many years at Corning and then GTI before retiring.
Don is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gloria, whom he married on October 19, 1963; his daughter, Machelle Rhoades of Arcanum; his grandsons, Justin and Jordan Rhoades, both of Arcanum; and his sister, Norma Delk of Arcanum.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020, 11 a.m., at Newcomer Cemetery on Painters Creek-Arcanum Road outside Arcanum.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, face coverings and strict social distancing guidelines will be expected.
Don’s family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes with the arrangements.
Online condolences and Hugs-From-Home may be shared with Don’s family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com