William Clifford Rich

October 8, 1947February 19, 2019

William C. Rich (Bill)

Surrounded by friends, family and the music that he loved, William Clifford Rich passed peacefully on February 19th at the age of 71 after a more than two decades long battle with multiple sclerosis. Bill was an Everett High grad, a Michigan State alum, and a Marine Corps vet. A successful career in sales at both Oldsmobile and Maritz Motivation took Bill and his family on adventures around the world. In retirement, Bill and sister-in-law Sharon Hartford became active DeWitt community members, while he and his loving wife of 50 years, Sandy (Walters) Rich enjoyed getaways with friends at their Houghton Lake home. Holidays were a joyous time to reunite with his daughter Sarah, his sons Brian (Liz) and Paul, and his grandsons James, Henry, and Patrick, all of whom will carry on his focus on family and fun. Bill is currently reconnecting in heaven with father Leland, mother Margaret (Dale) Allison, brother Jimmy, Jack Walters, and Mark Holland. He is survived by brother Norman (Kim) Rich, sister Laura Holland, Bud (Glenda) Walters, Terry (Janie) Walters, Patsy Walters, many nieces and nephews, and a multitude of wonderful friends. The family requests contributions to the MS Society Michigan Chapter in lieu of flowers. The celebration of Bill’s life will be at Old Town Marquee 319 E. Grand River Ave, Lansing, Thursday, June 27th, 2019 5-8 p.m.


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Patti Lundy

February 28, 2019

I feel like I've lost a kindred spirit. I'm so sad, our family gatherings will never be the same.

Love and hugs to you Sandy and Sharon.

Phil, Judy George

February 27, 2019

We are sending our sincere condolences to you and your family. We were just talking about what fun we had in the Caymans with you and Bill and Jill and Louie. What a great time and all the great laughs we had. Especially over the sliding screen door!!!!! Love you . Phil and Judy

Colleen Murphy

February 25, 2019

Much love to the family💜💜 Every time I saw you two together you could see the love. Xoxoxo

Joy Leitz

February 25, 2019

Bill was such a fun loving man, always with a smile. Say 'hey' to my big bro Louie in Heaven Bill! You were one of a kind.
Much love to your family, Joy Leitz

Bill Esch

February 24, 2019

Bill was a great guy Sandy take care miss all u friends

Marti Hanna

February 21, 2019

Like many girls in the Everett High Class of ‘65, I adored Bill. His smile lit up a room, and his charismatic presence enlivened any group or activity. His rapid-fire wit and ever-present sense of fun drew many people into his orbit. Quite simply, high school would not have been nearly as much fun without Bill. I have such fond memories; one that stands out is sitting between Bill and Jeff Grill at graduation and laughing uncontrollably and nonstop all through the ceremony. At our 25th reunion, I asked Bill what he majored in at MSU, and without missing a beat, he said, “Getting Out.” To Sarah: I also remember your dad describing you to me (1990) and just bursting with pride. Sandy, sending love. Bill could not have found a more loving life partner. Bill, journey well my old friend, and thank you for sharing your bright light with us.

Sallie Redfern

February 21, 2019

I will never forget all the fun times we had over the years with you and Bill. No one couldn't make me laugh harder or longer than Bill could. I remember when trivial pursuit first came out and we would come out to your house with the children on Friday night and not even leave until Sunday. We had so much fun. You and Bill were such great friends of ours. He will certainly be missed by many. I am thinking of you and your family during this time of grief. Stay strong my friend. I love you so much.

Janet Swiss

February 21, 2019

Having shared many fond, fun times both in high school and especially playing poker at Houghton and your family are in my thoughts and were all blessed to have had him in your lives! Janet (Denton) Swiss