Gerald "Jerry" L. Rich

October 12, 1939 ~ January 12, 2021 (age 81)


Gerald Lee Rich, 81, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at his residence.


He was born October 12, 1939, the son of Jacob Earl and Letha M. (Davis) Rich in Monticello, Illinois.  On October 30, 1960, Jerry married Janice Woods at Lick Prairie Christian Church in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  They were married 60 years.


Jerry was a member of Lick Prairie Christian Church.  He loved watching his grandchildren play sports and camping with his family.  Jerry owned and operated the Mt. Carmel Bowling Alley for 30 years.  In his younger years, he enjoyed golfing.


Left to cherish Jerry’s memory are his wife of 60 years, Janice; children Tammy (Don) Quillen of West Salem, Illinois, Shari (Dirk) Olson of McKinney, Texas and Donnie Rich of Mt. Carmel, Illinois; grandchildren Michael Quillen, Barkley Quillen, Brian Quillen, Jonathan Olson, Devan Rich and Cole Rich; great-grandchildren Morgan, Jacob, Dakota and Kristina Quillen; sister Phyllis (Clyde) Ulm; sister-in-laws Judy (Bob) Reed and Janet Rich; brother-in-law Neal (Pansy) Woods; and several nieces and nephews.


Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty Jo Rich and a brother Robert Rich.


Friends and family are welcome to attend a graveside service at Lick Prairie Cemetery on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.


Memorials may go to Lick Prairie Christian Church or Lick Prairie Cemetery.  Envelopes will be available at the graveside service or can be mailed to Short-Cunningham Funeral Home, P.O. Box 397, Mt. Carmel, Illinois 62863.  They can also be dropped off at the funeral home or made on Short’s website.


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Graveside Service
January 15, 2021

2:00 PM
Lick Prairie Cemetery
Lick Prairie
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863


Lick Prairie Christian Church
Mt. Carmel IL 62863

Lick Prairie Cemetery
Mt. Carmel IL 62863

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