In Memory of

Richard 'Rich' Wych

September 11, 1946 - January 30, 2017
Richard 'Rich' D. Wych, was born September 11, 1946, in Cherokee, IA. His childhood years were spent on a farm near Quimby, IA. He graduated from Willow High School in 1964. Rich then attended the University of South Dakota for three years where he was majoring in computer science. Rich was drafted into the US Army in November of 1968 and was assigned to Fort Ord, CA for basic and infantry training. He volunteered for airborne training and completed his training and jumped 5 times from about 3,000 feet. In November of 1969 he was sent to Vietnam and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division based out of Cu Chi which was in the Parrott's Beak. The majority of his time in the jungle he walked point. He was wounded in June of 1970 by a Chinese claymore mine. He was hospitalized for two weeks in Japan before being transferred to Great Lakes Naval Hospital in North Chicago. He retired from the Army in October of 1970. He was awarded the following medals: Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Airborne Wings, National Defense Medal, and Expert Marksman M16 and M60. After his service to our country, Rich went back to USD where he completed his BA in computer science. On October 28, 1972, he was united in marriage to Carol Wright at Quimby, IA. Following their marriage they lived in Cherokee, IA, Washta, IA, and Jefferson, SD, before moving to Holstein, IA where they lived for 18 years. Rich worked for VT Industries in Holstein for 28 years. He had also previously worked at Simonsen's Industries in Quimby for nine years and Western Contracting in Sioux City, IA. In 2002, they moved to Quimby, IA on the Quimby golf course, where he enjoyed volunteering and playing golf. Rich was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He enjoyed playing golf, working, bowling, and baseball. He was an avid Hawkeyes fan and was very proud of his manicured yard. Most of all Rich loved spending time with his family and friends. Rich is survived by his wife Carol of 44 years and 5 children. Kimberly Bumgardner, Timothy (Kim) Wych, Daniel Wych, Anthony (Jenny) Wych and Alison (Brant) Kurtz; his 20 grandchildren, Alex, Aaron, Ashley, Karissa, Charlie, Kammy, Gavin, Parker, Taylor, Maddie, Katie, Savannah, Austin, Brody, Camden, Chandler, Chaypin, Cayden, Colton and Daxton; Aunt Shirley Perrett, Siblings Ruby and Donnie (Carol) Wych; brothers-in-law, Gary (Dorothy) Wright, Phillip (Carolyn) Wright, Douglas Wright and Michael (Ann) Wright; sisters-in-law, Debbie (the late Mark) Courtright; Cathy (Larry) Nicolaisen and Terri Chester; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving relatives and friends. Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Paul & Ferne (Warburton) Wych; father and mother-in-law, Dale 'Dusty' & Ann Wright; sister-in-law, Nancy Wright; and three nephews, Justin and Cory Nicolaisen, and Nicholas Volkert.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2017, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Tim Wych Dan Wych Tony Wych Brant Kurtz Alex Rogers Aaron Wych-Shindoll Chaypin Wych Austin Wych HONORARY BEARERS Rich's Grandchildren
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 7:00 p.m. prayer service Thursday night at the funeral home.
At a later date.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Our deepest sympathy ~”
- Bob and Pam Leinbaugh
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“It was always so nice to see Rich. He always had time to talk to you. I am going to miss your trip to Omaha this Spring that we were going to get together for lunch. Carol I am so sorry for your loss. You and the kids and their families are in my prayers.”
- Michelle McCampbell
Friday, February 3, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers.”
- Jane and Shawn Zupp and Sarah
Friday, February 3, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“sorry to hear about rich may god be with your family”
- janine c clark &renay clark
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Tim,Kim and family- So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts are with you.”
- Kevin & Julie McKinney
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“He will be.

He will be missed”
- Dwight &Mary Johnson
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Carol, Wendy and I were very saddened to hear of Rich's passing. Although it has been some years since we last saw each other, we fondly remember the days at VT and the club. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with you during this time and hope you and your family are surrounded by love and support. May God's peace be with you.”
- John P Fell
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry or your loss. He will be missed.”
- Nary Morris
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“On behalf of the Quimby Golf Board and members, we have lost a great golfer, member, volunteer, friend. Your chair and our heart are empty at this time. Blessing to all of your families.”
- Betty L. Woltman
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“The entire team at SIRE sends Dan and his family their sincere condolences and are thinking of all of them. We are sorry for your loss”
- Laura Schultz
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Rich. My parayer and thoughts are with you Carol and your family at this sad time.”
- Joan Nelson
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So very sorry for your loss! Rich was always so friendly! Will keep your family in my thoughts & prayers”
- Carrie Hill
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for the loss of Rich. Our prayers go out to all the family! May God Bless you all!”
- David and Nancy Nielsen
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“To the family of Rich so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.”
- Randy Reusch
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