John was born on April 3, 1942 son of the late Anna H. (Mc Evoy) and William H. Rich of Preble, NY. After the death of his father, his grandparents, John and Lena Mc Evoy helped raise him.
He graduated from Homer High School, class of 1960.
A lifelong and proud dairy farmer, He had a passion for cows. He was known for his quick wit and his entertaining story-telling ability.
John was the winner of the 1960 International dairy judging winner.
He served on the Preble Town Board and was on the Jr. Fair Board committee.
He is survived by his son, Patrick; daughter, Maria (Jeffery) Montesano; former spouse, Margaret Rich; and his two grandchildren, Elena (Matt) Huff and Mark Montesano.
A private family gathering will be held.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Robert P. Blatchley 4-H Memorial Fund, 60 Central Ave., Cortland, NY 13045.