Duch Marich passed away peacefully October 28, 2015 in Ely, Nevada surrounded by his loving wife and children. His final weeks were filled with his sentiments of love and caring for his family and those that were caring for him. He was 93 years old and the last of his immediate family’s generation.
The fifth of seven children, he was born in Ruth Nevada, June 19, 1922 to Yandre and Sava Marich, both immigrants of Yugoslavia . His brothers were George, Eli and younger brother Michael, sisters Millie (Thurston), Pearl (Christensen)and younger sister Helen (Sarackman). They grew up in Old Ruth Canyon where their father worked at the mine until his untimely death. Duch was just six years old. The Marich Boys all worked to help their mother and younger siblings. Duch worked at a young age starting at the dirt golf course in Ruth as a caddy in the summers. As soon as he was of age, he started working for Kennecott Copper on the track gang. Always a hard worker, he moved up from one position to another ending his career in 1978 as the Pit General Forman overseeing the Ruth Pit as well as the Railroad.
Duch attended Ruth Elementary School and White Pine High School where he enjoyed playing sports. He excelled in baseball at a young age playing against the Reno semi pro Silver Sox. He continued to play town team baseball and basketball for many years. Most of all, he enjoyed the long summer days of playing golf, he loved being outside early in the mornings, the guys he played with and the challenge of hitting the ball as far as possible.
Duch loved this country and served in the US Army during WWII from December 1942 till October 1945 where he fought in the European Theatre during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a Sgt. in the 42nd Calvary that went before Patton’s Army. He earned a Bronze Star for Heroism in the spring of 1945. Upon his return to the States, he married the woman he loved and lived for, MaryBelle Steele on November 20, 1945. He met her the summer before the war started and she waited for his return three long years. He always said “I sure didn’t get any Dear John letters”. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George UT Temple on October 4, 1985. Together they started their family of four children, two sons, Daniel Robert (Kathy), Joseph Duch (Lillian), and two daughters, Marilyn Blades (Doyle) and Susan Hall (Dean) all still residing in White Pine Co. He has 27 grandchildren and spouses, 32 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He considered his family his greatest accomplishment. “Papa” managed to make each and everyone believe they were the favorite.
Duch enjoyed the outdoors, he always managed to see the beauty in the mountains of White Pine. He loved the sunlight in the summer and the snow in the winter, the smell of pine and sage, sunrises and sunsets but most of all he loved being surrounded by family. He spent hours, days and months hunting, fishing, and trapping, almost always accompanied by his sons. He was always involved with grandsons, and granddaughters when they caught their first fish or bagged their first buck. He loved camping and cooking in the dutch ovens or over an open fire. He also grew gardens in the short growing seasons Ruth offered. He planted with the faith and knowledge he would have vegetables in late summer and always did.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jandre and Sava Marich, Brothers George, Eli and Mike, sisters Millie, Pearl and Helen, and one granddaughter Amy Marich.
Duch is survived by his beloved wife MaryBelle, Son’s Daniel and Joseph, daughters Marilyn and Susan along with their spouses, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. What an amazing legacy.
Services were held at the Ely Nevada Stake Center on Saturday Morning October 31st 2015 “Nevada Day”. Pallbearers were Wade Burdick, Samuel A Marich, David P Blades, Eric W blades, Eli D Blades, Charles D Hall, Nathan J Hall and Jeffrey P Hall. Honorary Pallbearers were all of his great grandchildren. He was laid to rest at the City of Ely Cemetery with Military Honors.