Ernest L. "Ernie" Rich (67) of Effingham


Published on February 26 2021 2:11 pm

Ernest L. “Ernie” Rich, 67, of Effingham, Illinois, passed away on February 24, 2021. 

A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at Country Haven Event Center in Effingham. Due to Covid-19 concerns, please wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines. Arrangements are in the care of Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham, IL.

Ernie was born on June 5, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois, to Pearl Rodeck. The family moved to Cumberland County, Illinois, where Ernie attended Cumberland High School and excelled at track. He spent most of his adult life working in construction. Ernie was an adventurous spirit, who enjoyed motorcycles, instant coffee, and talks around the table. He had an unbelievable green thumb and could fix anything. He was a hard worker, who cared about helping others. Above all, he was a loving father who cherished his grandchildren. 

He is survived by his children, Daren (Beccah) Rich, Chrystal Malloy, Jordan Rich, Heather Rich, Shelby Rich, and Sydney Rich; grandchildren, Salina Rich, Jaden Rich, Ezekiel Rich, D.C. Rich, Keegan Wilson, and Harlie Malloy; sisters, Catherine Meister, Mary (Ron) Fau, and Irene (Mark) Weaver; and brothers, Bill Rich, Roger (Julie) Rich, and William Timm.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl; sister, Betty; and brothers, Arnold and Ronald.