Carl Vann Rich, age 74, of Cary, NC, died Thursday, June 27, 2013 after a lengthy illness. Carl was born in Nash County, NC on November 1, 1938. He grew up on the family farm in Castalia, NC under the nurturing guidance of his beloved mother, the late Enola Carmean Rich and his father, the late Ruffin Vann Rich. He was Valedictorian of Spring Hope High School Class of 1956 and graduated from North Carolina State University in Mechanical Engineering (Class of 1960). He was a loyal Wolfpack fan and enjoyed seeing them play whenever possible. Carl was fortunate to work as a Consulting Engineer for many years allowing him time to pursue his interest in travel, gardening and, in particular, woodworking which led him to become a juried member of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild.
Carl is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Laura Rich and grandchildren, Kelsie and Jack of Waxhaw, NC; his daughter and son-in-law, Dixie and Lacy Smith and grandchildren, Bret and Jessica of Holly Springs, NC; his former wife, Joanne Fisher Rich of Raleigh, NC; three brothers and sisters-in-law: John Harvey and Joan Rich of Normal, IL, Cecil and Carolyn Rich of Raleigh, NC and Dwight and Linda Rich of Nashville, NC; one sister-in-law, Mrs. William Arthur “Judy” Rich of Denbigh, VA; nieces, Juanita and Carol and nephews, David, Bruce, Jay, Joe, Dale and Doug. Carl was preceded in death by his brother, William Arthur Rich, his sister, Mary Sue Carson and his nephews, Kit Carson and Bill Rich.
Carl requested no memorial service; however, anyone wishing to honor Carl’s memory may make a donation to the North Carolina Wildlife Federation or the Wake County Public Libraries.
Online condolences can be sent to CremationSocietyNC.com.