DENVER, Colo. - Services for Marvin A. Rich, 84, of Denver, Colo., were held recently at Fort Logan, Colo.
Marvin A. Rich was born May 15, 1929, in Fairmont, son of Orville and Faye Rich. So small his grandmother had to put him in a hat box in the oven, and later grew to be over 6 feet tall. He graduated from Fairmont High School. After high school, he had many jobs, but his most influential job was working at Gunther Grocery Store. After marrying Janice E. Stephenson of East Chain, Minn., they moved to Reedsport, Ore., then Grant, Iowa, and then they moved to Denver with Red Owl Stores with their daughter. Already in the National Guard, the opportunity arose to work full time, where he went to every school offered. All the while, his wife took care of countless foster children. He was First Sergeant of the 220th MP Company, and later Field Artillery Battery, 1st Battalion, 157th Company. His was the only military unit featured on the cover of Soldier of Fortune magazine for their skill and precision. He and another veteran, Clyde Gualdoni, acquired and refurbished two cannons that now sit in front of the Colorado State Capitol building. After retiring, he and his wife Janice spent many years running a group home for teenage boys.
Always smiling and happy, he will be greatly missed by his daughters, Claudia (James) Trapp and Susan Rich; and many grandchildren.