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“Nancy, I just heard of the death of your father. You have my condolances to you and your extended family. I wish the best to you, and especially...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Wayne Oney - Port Byron, IL

“Nancy & Family, Thinking of you during this time of loss. Brent Fuller and the Sunbelt crew ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Brent Fuller - Charlotte, NC

“To Nancy and family, sending up prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Rena Gainey - Eldridge, IA

“I remember when our entire family went to the beach for Grandma and Grandpa's 50th anniversary. One day we all wanted to go down the street and play...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Emily Orlich - Coppell, TX

“Sophie, Bob and I so enjoyed visiting and vacationing with you and Rich. Their good natured battle of wits was so much fun to watch. I cherish the...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Kay - Austin, TX - Friend

“My oldest memory of my grandpa is when we he was visiting for some reason and our whole family was at our house on WIlshire. Sophie, Jake, Grandpa,...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Annie Orlich - Coppell, TX

“Nancy - So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. You were so devoted to him. He was blessed to have a daughter who took such good care of...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Cindy Hoste - Geneseo, IL

“Dear Orlich Family, Beth, the kids and I are so sorry to hear the news of big Rich's passing. he was always so kind and had such a great attitude...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Barry Kitt - Plano, TX

“My deepest condolences to you all. I worked with Rich during my 42 Years at the mill.He was a wonderfull and humerous man. I have been retired 21...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Jim Sherrick - Valparaiso, IN

“Dear Sophia, Over the years I have thought of you guys often and remember some of the fun times we had at Inland, bowling, parties on the ...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Doris West (previously Abate) - AZ

“Nancy and Sophie, I am sorry for your loss. Your loss is shared by many who knew Richard. I will be thinking of you and praying for you. Please...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Marcia Murphy - Bettendorf, IA

“I am sorry for your loss Sophie and Nancy. Richard was a great guy and will be sadly missed by everyone he met. He was a character and I enjoyed...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Jodi Davis - Davenport, IA

“Rich, Pat and Ken So sorry that your father has passed away. I know you were expecting it to happen at any time but I remember from losing my own...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Andrea Richter - TX

“Nancy: I will be thinking about you, your mom, and your family in these next few days as you come together to remember your dad and celebrate the...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Teresa Woodworth - Geneseo, IL

“Nancy, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I pray God will sustain you during this very difficult time. You honored your dad as the Bible...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Sue Clearman - Coal Valley, IL

“Dear Rich, I felt like I was reading about you when I read about your father. I wish we could have had the honor of knowing him. Our thoughts and...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Sheryl and John Boone - Tulsa, OK


Richard Allen Orlich, 88, a resident of Bettendorf, Iowa, formerly of Munster/East Chicago, Indiana passed away in the presence of loving family on December 12, 2012. Part of the "Greatest Generation", he was born in East Chicago, IN to Sam and Bessie Orlich on November 21, 1924. Surviving both the Depression and early deaths of both parents, Rich found family in many classmates and friends in the "harbor". A 1941 graduate of East Chicago Washington, "the Big O" excelled in multiple sports, primarily football. He joined the US Navy and attended their Naval Training School at the University of Wisconsin in 1942 and went on to become Radioman 2nd Class. He served 4 years during WWII, mostly on the USS DuPage before returning to Indiana. Randomly paired in a bowling tournament, he met and later married the love of his life, Sophie Grynecki. They had 7 children, while principally living in Munster and enjoying a successful career at Inland Steel spanning almost 40 years. He was member of VFW, and volunteered many hours with the Boy Scouts and as Little League coach.
Many of his retirement years were spent in Bella Vista, AR, where "Mr. Congeniality" made many life-long friends. He will be remembered for his unwavering values, sharp sense of humor (some misinterpreted as sarcasm ;-)), diehard Packer fan, passion for family, bowling, golf (watch out for wet sand!) and fishing.
Rich is survived by wife of 57 years, Sophie, Bettendorf, IA; children, Rich Jr & Carol, Coppell, TX, Patricia, Billings, MT, Nancy, Bettendorf, IA, Jim, West Bend, WI, Ken & Tricia, Dallas, TX, Karen & Al Mora, Munster, IN, Janet & Jeff Prieboy, Munster, IN; grandchildren, Jimmy, Alesondra, Sophie, Annie, Jake, Emily, Drew, and Nick; a great grandchild, Sienna Rae, and a sister-in-law, Betty. Rich was preceded in death by his brother, Sam Orlich
A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. with memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2012 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Ave, Schererville, IN with Reverend John Kowalczyk officiating. Memorials may be made to the Wisconsin Parkinson Association or to the charity of your choice. Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport is assisting the family with local arrangements.