Chester C. Rice Jr., 76 of Arcanum, passed peaceably into the loving arms of Jesus at his home on October 15, 2011 with family by his side.
He was an accomplished inventor and designer of precision machinery. He served in the United States Army, attended E.U.M. Church and was a member of Gideon’s International.
He is preceded in death by his parents: Chester C. & Harriet (Badgley) Rice Sr.; Son: Joel B. Rice; Brother: John A. Rice.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years Sylvia (Smith) Rice of Arcanum, Sons & daughters in law: Robert & Marilynn Rice of Arcanum, Dwane & Dawn Rice of Indianapolis, Indiana, Aaron & Linda Rice of Binghamton, New York; Daughter in law & spouse: Sheri & Tim (Cress/Rice) Hicks of Bradford; 13 grandchildren: Sarah Shearer, Jason Rice, Joshua Rice, Andrea Netzley, Deborah Rice, Joel I. Rice, Nathan Rice, Julia Rice, Ethan Rice, Lauren, Jeffrey, & Lindsey Rice, Spencer Hicks; 9 great grandchildren: Lidia, Magdalene, & Isabella Shearer, Jacob & Carter Rice, Caleb & Daniel Rice, Gavin & Landen Penny.
Services will be held on Thursday October 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM at E.U.M. Church 1451 Sater Street, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Lee Wallace officiating. Burial will follow in Wheelock Cemetery, West Milton, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be given to Gideon’s International, State of the Heart Hospice or Darke County Cancer Association.
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