He was born November 17, 1932, in Tuppers Plains, son of the late Wilmer Atlee and Nora Estella Kincade Rice.
He was a retired Colonel with the U.S. Army serving 24 years, a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, the Coolville Masonic Lodge 337 F&AM, Tuppers Plains VFW Post 9053 and also a member of the Riverside Golf Club in Mason, WV.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Phyllis E. Schultz Rice; two sons, Harley A. (Robyn) Rice of Reynoldsburg, and Steven E. (Erin) Rice of Mechanicsville, Va.; a daughter, Diane E. (Don) Dunfee of Racine; a brother, John C. (Anna) Rice of Reedsville; two sisters, Wilma (Rex) Robinson of Coolville, and Iris Mae (Frank) Karhan of Orrville; five grandchildren, Caitlin, Nathan, Aidan, Daniel and David.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, December 11, 2009, at White-Schwarzel Funeral Home, Coolville, with Pastor Jim Corbitt officiating. Burial will be in the Meigs County Memory Gardens, where military graveside services will be conducted.
Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
You can sign the online guestbook at www.white-schwarzelfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 308 Tuppers Plains, OH 45783 or to Holzer Medical Center, c/o Hospice 100 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631.