Robert W. Rice, 93, of 914 W. Main St., Ellington, passed away Thursday (Oct. 24, 2013), in his home. Bob and Laurene are together again.
A lifelong area resident, he was born May 10, 1920, in Jamestown, the son of the late Kloid S. and Frankie Johnson Rice.
Robert was a graduate of Ellington High School and Alfred Tech University. In earlier years, he was employed by Kennedy Tractor and Implement Company, Walker, Sprague & Company and prior to retirement was employed by Rand Machine for 37 years, retiring in 2010. From 1963-71 he served as town justice for the town of Ellington.
Robert W. Rice
Robert was a member of the Ellington Grange serving as master in 1938 and Ross Grange for 74 years, Boy Scouts of America, Ellington High School Band, charter member of the Alfred Tech Choir, Moose Band, Jamestown Municipal Band and Jamestown Community College Concert Band. In earlier years, he enjoyed playing band concerts with the Paul B. Temple Band. The instrument he enjoyed playing was the alto horn.
He was also an active member of the Ellington Congregational Church and First Congregational United Church of Christ in Jamestown. Robert was an active member in both church choirs.
Surviving are two sons: Bill (Susan) Rice of Morgantown, W.Va., and Jeffrey (Connie) Rice of North Clymer, N.Y.; five grandchildren: Sheila (John) Radcliff, Nathan (Karen) Rice, Amanda Rice, Kyle Rice and Ryan Rice; two great-grandchildren: Logan and Liliana Radcliff; a brother, Lewis Rice of Ellington; and a sister, Ruth Mary McCargo of York, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laurene S. Sprague Rice, whom he married July 8, 1945, and who died July 17, 2012.
A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Falconer Funeral Home. The Rev. Hugh Pratt will officiate.
Inurnment will be in Valley View Cemetery, Ellington.
Friends will be received by the family from 4-7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service Tuesday in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be donated to the Ellington Farman Free Library or to the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department.
Visit our website at www.falconerfuneralhome.net to light a candle in remembrance.