Willis E. Rich, Jr., 83, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Versailles, husband of Charline Carter Rich, died peacefully in the presence of his family at Hardin Memorial Hospital on Friday, June 8.
Born in Clay County, TN., he was the son of the late Willis E. Sr. and Emma Stockton Rich. Willis was a U. S. Army retired Lt. Colonel having served more than 30 years in both active duty and in the Reserves. He was a member of the Larue County Church of Christ and former member of the Versailles Church of Christ.
In addition to his wife, Charline, he is survived by two daughters, Tammy (Frank) Hestand of Versailles, Tracey Rich Giles of Lawrenceburg, his step children, Susan (Greg) Pawley and Joe (Angela) Carter, both of Elizabethtown, seven grandchildren, Hannah Giles, Haidyn Giles, Emily Hestand, Brandt Pawley, Jackson Pawley, Nick Carter, and Sophie Carter. He was preceded by his first wife, Rochelle Dyer Rich, in 1994.
Visitation will be at the Elizabethtown Church of Christ from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm, Monday, June 18 and at the Versailles Church of Christ from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tuesday, June 19.
Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, June 19 at Versailles Church of Christ with a Eulogy by John Board. Derrick Sumerel, and Charlie Wilson will also be celebrants.
Military honors and interment will follow at Rose Crest Cemetery in Versailles. Pallbearers will be Nick Carter, Brandt Pawley, Jackson Pawley, Haidyn Giles, Tim Turner, and Chuck Dyer.
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This years meeting will be at the Owensboro Convention Center. As always, there will be a Friday night Bar-B-Que and Social, then there will be the Awards luncheon and the evening reception and banquet. Come and join us and have a great time!
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The General’s “Franklin Club Challenge” has raised $11,325 from 93 participants; $4,925 has been designated to the Scholarship Fund; $900 to the SOS Fund, $1,050 to the Museum Fund and $4,450 has been designated unrestricted. The 93 participants are listed below:
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Brigadier General Aaron T. Walter assumed command of the 100th Training Division (Operational Support) at Fort Knox, Kentucky on 11 September 2016.
Brigadier General Walter was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers through the Missouri State University (MSU) Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program in May 1985. Prior to becoming the Commanding General of the 100th Training Division (Operational Support), BG Walter served as the Deputy Commanding General of the 84th Training Command, Brigadier General Walter served as Chief of the Army Reserve Enlisted Division and Deputy Director – Army Reserve in the Enlisted Personnel Management Directorate, U.S. Army Human Resources Command. Before that, he served as Director of the Army Reserve Senior Leader Development Office; Commander of the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center; Deputy Assistant Commandant – Army Reserve at the U.S. Army Engineer School (USAES); Chief of the Current Operations Division, G-33, DCS G-3/5/7 at the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC); Commander of the 479th Engineer Battalion (Combat Effects), and while deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Task Force Liberty; Chief of the Current Operations Branch, Operations and Mobilization Division, G-3 at the USARC; Chief of Plans, Operations Division, C-7 Directorate (Engineering) at Coalition Forces Land Component Command/U.S. Army Central/Third Army; Executive Officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science for the Gateway Army ROTC Battalion at Washington University in St. Louis; and Personnel Management Officer and Personnel Proponent Integration Officer at the Army Reserve Personnel Command in St. Louis, MO. Prior assignments include the Engineer/Space Advisor at the Depth and Simultaneous Attack Battle Lab, U.S. Army Field Artillery School; Training Evaluator on a First Army Operational Readiness Evaluation Team; Commander of B Company, 31st Engineer Battalion and E Company, 35th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Lead Analyst in the Directorate of Training and Doctrine at the USAES; and almost four years in the 12th Engineer Battalion, 8th Infantry Division, Dexheim, West Germany, as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer.
Brigadier General Walter earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cartography and Map Technology (major) and Military Science (minor) from MSU, a Master’s Degree in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College (USAWC). He has completed the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Defense Strategy Course, Sustaining Base Leadership Management Program at the Army Management Staff College, Reserve Component National Security Course, the USAWC, the USAWC Senior Leader Seminar; Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, and the Joint Senior Reserve Component Officer Course.
Brigadier General Walter’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Parachutist Badge, and the Engineer Regiment Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.
Brigadier General Walter resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife Maureen (Friel) Walter. He is a proud father of three children – Meghan, Conor, and Keira.