Rich was born on June 2, 1931, in Anaconda to Pat and Gladys Lorello. He attended St. Paul’s Grade School and he graduated with the Class of 1949 at Anaconda High School.
In January of 1950, Rich joined the United States Navy for a 4-year enlistment. During this time, he was aboard the Valley Forge Carrier and the USS Midway during the Korean War.
Returning in 1954, he enrolled at the University of Montana for a degree in Pharmacy.
In 1956, he married Patsy Semmens at St. Patrick’s Church in Butte. From this union six children and 12 grand-children were born.
After his graduation, he worked in drug stores in Dillon, Missoula and Walla Walla, Wash., before returning to Butte to work at Skaggs for 10 years.
In 1973, Rich was able to return to Anaconda and he purchased the City Drug, which he ran for 20 years. In 1993, he sold the business to Safeway and worked there until 1995 when he retired.
Rich loved to drive to see his grandkids in sports and to visit his kids. Rich was a 50-year member of the Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus, V.F.W., the Anaconda Country Club and the Holy Family Catholic Church.
Rich died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at his residence.
Rich is survived by his wife, Patsy; children Connie (Craig) Swanson, Pat (Amelie) Lorello, Doug Lorello, Linda (Roch) Boyer, Lisa Sherman and Ron Arbeia and Angie (Trevor) Peterson; grandchildren, Jessie and Colin Rounds, Sarah Swanson, Lindsey and Sean Lorello, Bethany and Matthew Fare, Genna , Richie and Andy Boyer, Samantha and Jack Sherman and Christian and Gino Peterson; sister, Laura Shafford, brother, Howie (Paulette) Lorello, sister-in-law, Peggy (Bob) Holland and brother-in-law, Jack Semmens, his special friend Cecelia Chapin and many nephews and nieces and cousins.
Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Pat and Gladys Lorello, in-laws, Ed and Madge Semmens, brother-in-law, Elwood Shafford, and sister-in-law, Pauline Semmens.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Anaconda Pintler Hospice, 118 East 7th St., Anaconda, MT 59711, or the Holy Family Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Anaconda. Interment will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery with Military Honors by the Anaconda American Legion Post 21 and the Navy Honor Guard.
Visitation will begin on Tuesday evening at the Holy Family Catholic Church at 5 p.m. with the Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m.
Thanks for the all the phone calls from Valdean and Helen and Terry Moran. Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home is entrusted with Rich’s funeral arrangements.
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