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Published November 03, 2013, 12:00 AM

Eugene A. Rich

MADISON,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.

Eugene A. Rich

MADISON,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.

Gene was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his children Kristi Johnson, Verona, WI; Thomas Rich, Vermillion, SD; and Paula Rich, Springfied, OR; his grandchildren, Caroline Torres (Jose Torres Martinez), Fitchburg, WI; Elizabeth Lundgren (Douglas), Fitchburg, WI; and Rory Rich, St. Paul, MN: and his great-grandchildren Evan and Jacob Lundgren, Fitchburg, WI; and Mateo Torres Johnson, Fitchburg, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joann, his brothers and sister, and his son-in-law, Curt Johnson.

A memorial service was held at Oakwood Village, Madison, WI, on November 2, 2013. Burial with full military honors will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND, at a later date.

For online condolences please visit, www.gundersonfh.com.

Memorials may be made to Sugar River United Methodist Church, 130 N. Franklin St., Verona, WI.,53593

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