Lee A. ‘Taz’ Rich


Lee A. "Taz" Rich of West Bend died on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital Madison from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident at the age of 57 years.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1953 in West Bend to the late Russell and Norma (nee Miller) Rich.

After graduating from West Bend West High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge, he returned to West Bend. For more than 30 years, he was employed at F.W. Bush. For the past eight years, he worked as a welder for Germantown Iron and Steel.

On May 17, 1980, he was united in marriage to Rita M. Hicken at St. John’s UCC in Beechwood. Rita predeceased Jan. 25, 2010.

In addition to being an avid bowler, he was a motorcycle enthusiast. He traveled to many places throughout the country, enjoying the ride and meeting people.

He was a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for the past 19 years, and was a 13-year member of ARM (Association of Recovering Motorcyclists.

Survivors include his beloved daughter Rachel (fiancee Aaron Smiley) of Hartford, the joy of his life, his granddaughter Alanna Smiley; brothers and sisters Lyndon (Linda) of Normal, Ill., Lucille Belveal of Pinedale, Wyo., Lillian of West Bend, Larry (Arlene) of Orchard Park, Wash., Russ (Cindy) of Birchwood and Sarah (Gary) Heilman of West Bend; a sister-in-law Ruth Hicken of Beechwood; many nieces, nephews, his large extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents-in-law Carroll and Tillie Hicken and two brothers-in-law William Belveal and Robert Hicken.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 18, at 8 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend with Rev. David Schlieter officiating. Burial with military honors will be Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m. in Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 4 until 7:45 p.m.

Online guest book and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com