Jimmy Ray Rich
January 20, 1943 - November 12, 2021
"We Love You, Dad!"
Jimmy Ray Rich, also known as Jim to his many friends, passed away surrounded by love on Friday, November 12, 2021, at the age of 78.
Jim was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in and around Glendale, where he attended school.
His love of cars came from his dad who worked on race cars and his career as a mechanic began at an early age, nurturing a strong lifelong work ethic constantly admired by all who knew him.
Around sixteen, he followed family up to northern California, where he finished high school and got his first job at the Ranch Café, which he loved. He primarily lived and worked in Roseville, Citrus Heights, Lincoln, Rocklin, and throughout Yuba County. He managed City Auto Supply in Citrus Heights for many, many years and owned and managed Mike’s Auto Energizing in Roseville.
Other than cars, he had much love for movies, westerns, football (LA Rams and Raiders), NASCAR (#3 and #8), fishing, boating, dart championships, and generally having an all-around good time!
A cowboy at heart, he was kind, loyal, funny and generous to a fault and any conversation with him was never without him cracking a joke or telling a story, all with a cowboy hat pushed back on his brow and a knowing, smart-ass smile.
His loving family and friends are proud to carry so many memories of him where ever they go and will find much joy and happiness in the retelling of all those stories.
In lieu of flowers: Jim had an unwavering fondness of animals - whether his many pets, like Lucky and Brandy, or countless lovable strays - and we know he would prefer that any generous donations made in his name go directly to Placer County SPCA:
Jim is survived by:
The Rich Family: his wife Wilma Rich. His loving children; son Tim Rich (and his fiancé Wendy), daughters Misty and April Rich, former wife Cathy Rich, his half-sister Marcia and her husband Donald Oswald as well as his nieces & nephew Shelly, Denise and Billy. Niece Susan Holmes. Grandchildren: David Rich, Daniel Rich and Derek Salmon, great-grandchildren Khaos, Felanie, Ryott, Airy, Levi, Leland, Lucas, former daughter-in-law Cheri Rich, and his former brother-in-law David Alosi.
The Berry family: step-daughter Donna Berry and her husband Steve, step-granddaughter Sabrina Berry, great grandchildren Natalie, Faith, Haylee and James Berry.
The Blevins family: stepson John Blevins and his wife Christy, grandchildren Kyle, Casey, Taylor and Payton.
Jim is reunited with and is proceeded in passing by his beloved first daughter, Diana Lynn Rich Dalton, by his parents, Pauline (Lemmon) Rich Graff and Charles Bernard Rich, his step-father Donald Graff, his former wife Betty Rich Shull, his brother Larry Rich, his nephew Steven Rich, grandparents-in-law (Rich) Barbara and Philip Alosi, and brother-in-law Bryan Alosi.