June 11, 1926 – September 13, 2022
Rich was born at home in Lincoln, NE. He, along with his parents and two sisters, moved to Omaha in 1934. He attended Beals School and graduated from Tech High in 1943, majoring in auto body mechanics. He served in the Air Force from 1944 to 1946. He worked on airplane engines and for the motor pool in Furth, Germany. After returning from his military service, he went to work with his dad at the Omaha Field Club. A couple of years later, they both went to work at The Credle Company / Midwest Toro / Midwest Turf & Irrigation.
Rich married Elizabeth Johnson from Denison, IA in 1954 and they moved to the home that he and his father built about a mile from his childhood home in Central Omaha. They had one daughter, Deborah.
Rich’s mechanical skills were very useful with his many hobbies. He helped build race cars with friends and spent many weekends at Sunset Speedway in Northwest Omaha. He enjoyed having a boat and learned to waterski [without learning to swim]. He could be found most evenings out in his garage or on the driveway rebuilding wrecked cars, restoring antique cars, or working on mowers. He belonged to 3 antique car clubs for many years. Elizabeth, Deborah, Alan, and his grandkids enjoyed many parades, tours, and outings as part of the club events. He liked going on swap-meet road trips with a friend and had great satisfaction finding parts to fix his antique cars.
Rich retired in 1995 and lost Elizabeth in 1997. After his retirement and well into his eighties, he started riding a bicycle along the creek trails with a group of friends. He continued living in his home until his last few years when he had to move to an assisted-living and then memory-care home.
Rich is survived by daughter, Deborah Johnson and son-in-law, Alan Johnson; granddaughter, Carrie Alexander [Michael]; great-grandchildren, James and Elizabeth Alexander; grandsons, Mitchell Johnson [Leanna], Matthew Johnson.
FAMILY RECEIVES FRIENDS: SUN, Sept 18, 4:00-6:00PM FUNERAL SERVICE: MON, Sept. 19, 1:00PM, all at West Center Chapel. INTERMENT with Military Rites: Hillcrest Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association.
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