Larry Rice


Larry F. Rice, 65, of Columbus, died at 6:11 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, in his home, surrounded by his family.

Born June 14, 1951, in Fall River, Massachusetts, Larry was the son of Lowell Richard and Alice Rego Rice.

He married Juanita Whitehead on Aug. 14, 1970, at the Peter’s Switch Nazarene Church in Seymour.

Larry was a graduate of Columbus High School and went on to own and operate Larry’s Tire Service for 32 years, until 2010. Currently, he was working at NTN as a machinist. Larry enjoyed fishing, any type of hunting, including arrowheads and mushrooms. He had coached the Airport Little League for over 15 years.

Larry loved life, God and was loved by the many he touched in his life. Family and kids were the cornerstone of his life values.

Surviving Larry are his wife, Juanita; sons, Jason (Stacy) Rice and Bobby (Kelley) Rice, both of Columbus; siblings, Ron (Lorraine) Rice, of Columbus, Richard (Shirley) Rice of Vero Beach, Florida, Robert (Janet) Rice of Columbus and Kevin (Marie) Rice of Mt. Auburn; grandchildren, Lane, Caly, Aden, Rylee and Izabella Rice.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and an uncle.

Larry’s funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Myers-Reed Chapel with Pastor Dan DeFriece officiating. Burial will follow in Vernon Cemetery. Calling will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials for Larry may be sent to St. to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 5353 McFarland Road., Indianapolis, Indiana 46227.

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