Eugene A. RichMADISON,WI.-Eugene A. Rich, age 92, passed away October 30, 2013, at Oakwood Village University Woods, Madison, WI, surrounded by his children.
Gene was born to Daniel Lee and Clara (Jorstadt) Rich in New Rockford, ND, on November 25, 1920. He grew up and graduated from high school in Hope, ND. He attended Wahpeton State College until enlisting in the US Navy in December 1941. Gene served his country during World War II aboard the USS Nitro and the USS Patoka, Navy tanker ships carrying fuel between Brazil and Trinidad. Following his discharge from the Navy, Gene graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1946. On June 29, 1947, he married Joann Palmer in Halliday, ND. Gene and Joann resided in Bismarck, ND, where Gene was employed as an accountant for the State of North Dakota Unemployment Compensation Division until his appointment as the state bank examiner for North Dakota. In 1966, Gene and Joann moved to Fargo, ND, where Gene was the executive vice -president of the State Bank of Fargo (now Bell State Bank and Trust). He served as chair of the Bank of North Dakota Advisory Board from 1969-1981 and President of the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota in 1979. In 2003, Gene and Joann moved to Madison, WI, to be closer to family. Gene was a very active member of Faith United Methodist Church, Fargo, ND, during his years in Fargo. He was currently a member of Sugar River United Methodist Church, Verona, WI.