“Gerald Richard Rich, 72, of Poplar Bluff died Friday, June 24, 2016 at his residence.  He was born July 4, 1943 in St Louis, Missouri and raised in Neelyville, Missouri.

He was a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff. He was a retired educator, working for 30 years as a teacher and principal at Neelyville High School. “He recently received the Lieutenant Governor’s Service Award  for his volunteer work with the Butler County Tax Board.

He married Evelyn Burnett on June 22, 1963 and enjoyed 53 years of Marriage. She survives.

Also surviving are four sons: Kenneth and wife Iris, of Salem, Arkansas, Roger and wife, Lisa, of Batesville, Arkansas, Jerry and wife, Cheryll, of Poplar Bluff, Missouri and Larry and wife Julie of Bono, Arkansas. Eleven Grandchildren: Ryan and Kendra; Brittany and husband Matt, Kaylee and Koby; Lauren, Jacob, and Sarah, Jaden, Halle and Carley. One great grand child, Daxton.

He loved to spend time with family and friends, watch his grandchildren play sports, golf and travel, and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Visitation will be from  6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Sunday June 26, 2016 at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel, Inc. at Neelyville, Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday June 27, 2016 in the funeral home chapel. Brother Steve Patterson will officiate. Burial will follow at Corning Cemetery In Corning, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Temple Baptist at Poplar Bluff or charity of your choice or UCAN