Pohney Lou Rich, born March 25, 1929, passed peacefully from this world surrounded by family members on November 4, 2019. Pohney was 90 years old.
Pohney was born in Roundup, MT, the third child and youngest daughter of Johnny and Hellan Hill. Pohney spent many joyful days of her childhood with her three brothers and one sister and numerous cousins on the family ranch south of Mosby, MT. For her lower grades, Pohney attended Weede School, a one room schoolhouse walking distance from the family ranch. Pohney attended high school at Petroleum County High in Winnett, Mt. where she played basketball.
On December 13, 1947, Pohney married the love of her life Charles “Chuck” Rich, she lived for a period of time in San Antonio, Texas while Chuck was overseas in the Merchant Marines. Upon his return they lived in various places over a period of years including Bill Duttons, Tom Hovlands, Lindsay, Winnett, Roundup, Jordan and the ranch while starting a family. They later settled at the Jet Fuel Refinery in Mosby where they resided for 20 years and added one more child to their herd. Pohney was active in shuttling kids, being a 4-H leader, various community women’s groups and attending kids school and sporting events. Summer vacations were often spent on camping trips around the state with kids, grandparents, and siblings in tow. In 1973 Pohney and Chuck moved to the Rich Family Ranch north of Sand Springs where Pohney became an expert at driving a mowing machine and had the constant “go to” place for kids, grandkids, numerous friends as well as many out of state hunters who quickly became close friends.
After the death of Chuck in 2006, Pohney moved to Lewistown, MT where she again connected with several dear high school friends from Winnett and spent her days doing water aerobics, driving friends, and playing bingo at the Council on Aging. The Rich family is especially grateful to John Garoutte and the staff of Caslen Living Centers for their care and assistance with Mom’s many household projects during her residence in Lewistown.
Pohney is survived by her brother Jack (Kay) Hill of MaComb, Illinois and her three children: Kenny (Linda) Rich of Sand Springs; Alvin (Denise) Rich of Nye; Bonnie Rich of Scottsdale, Arizona and son-in-law, Larry Switzer of Richey. Her grandchildren: Donna Rich, Toby (Claudia) Rich, Brandon (Cindy) Garoutte, Kirk (Sarah) Rich, Jay (Megan) Garoutte, Shani (RJ) Olsen and Cruz Rich. Her great grandchildren: Lexi Rich, Aurianna Rich, Austin Rich, Aiden Rich, Jace Garoutte, Carlynn Garoutte, Loralee Garoutte, Spencer Whitt-Rich, Laura Prather-Rich, Walter Rich and Lizabeth Rich.
Pohney is preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Hellan Hill, her siblings Hazel Gibson, Alvin Hill and Ted Hill. Her husband Chuck Rich, her daughter Charlene Rich Switzer, her granddaughter-in-law Nichole Rich and great-grand-daughter Alauna Rich.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the VFW Hall in Jordan. Interment will follow in the family lot of the Pioneer Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire donations may be sent to the VFW Hall Post 7886, Jordan, MT.