Stephen Murray Rich passed away Oct. 17, 2020 at the age of 65.
He was born in Lindsborg (Salina), Kansas, September 20, 1955, the second oldest of nine children. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wayne Sr. and Mary Jo Rich and two brothers, Wayne Martin Jr. and Patrick Rich.
The Rich family moved to Leavenworth in the early 1960s. Stephen attended Sacred Heart Catholic grade school and graduated from Immaculata High School. He went on to complete a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing. Stephen worked for the VA center and several locations as a critical care nurse and after retirement, he worked as a nurse for Leavenworth Medical Lodge and provided private care.
Our fond family memory of Stephen was his wonderful sense of humor and laughter. He definitely was the life of the party. He loved bowling, painting, singing, Sacred Heart Bazaar and his most favorite thing was the holidays, especially Christmas and all of the decorations. He loved everyone, especially his nieces and nephews and spent many hours helping them with homework, art projects, rides, talks or whatever was needed. Our beloved brother and uncle will never be forgotten and carried in our hearts forever.
Stephen is survived by his brother, Michael (Patty) Rich, Boynton Beach, Florida, five sisters, Cynthia (Mike) Fraser, Leavenworth, Christine Perez, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Mary Ellen (Martin) Mooradian, Richmond, Virginia, Elizabeth (Gordon) Sandercox, Lubbock, Texas, and Veronica (Robert) Carroll, Weatherby Lake, Missouri, maternal aunts, Ellen Schmidt, Panama, Iowa and Theresa Everson, Lawrence, Kansas, 26 nieces and nephews, 29 great nieces and nephews, and one great-great nephew and many-many cousins.
Due to the current restrictions of the Pandemic masks and social distancing is required.A visitation with the rosary will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 at R. L. Leintz funeral home until 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10 a.m., with Fr. Marianand Mendem, officiating. A Private burial will follow at a later time at Holy Family Cemetery in Eudora Kansas. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Sacred Heart Parish. Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden Larkin Funeral Home.