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David Randall Rice, 54, peacefully lost his battle with cancer just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in his home. He spent his final days surrounded by family and immersed in love.
David was born February 13, 1960, in Campbellsville, KY, to Shirley(Feece) and Joseph Rice. He grew up and attended most of his school days in Edinburgh, IN. In 1977 he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served as a combat engineer. His commitment ended in 1983. He was very proud of the time he spent serving our country and often said he should have made it a career. The only thing he loved more than country was family.
He married Darlene Burton on April 23, 1979, and enjoyed a twenty-year union with her before separating in 1999. Together they had four children: Rebecca Rice, Trish (Rice) Connolly, Joseph Rice, and Heather Rice. He was then blessed with 11 grandchildren. He felt drawn to the book of Job in the Bible and gained comfort from the fact that he was allowed to "see his children's children."
David retired as a contractor/carpenter in 2006 and he enjoyed building things. To make something from nothing gave him great satisfaction and he was very proud of his work. He also worked, for a time, as an automotive parts buyer/seller. His personality and intelligence made him very successful in this field as well. He was a hard worker, always up before the sun and never failed to put in a full day. He saw what needed to be done, and did it, no messing around.
Although he did not attend a physical church, he was a religious man. He believed he had a close relationship with God. He prayed daily, keeping a prayer list in his Bible of those he felt needed it. Every morning, after coffee, he read the newspaper, his Bible and his "Daily Bread." In his own words, he was "right with the Lord."
He was an avid hunter, taking many nice deer and turkeys. He was an excellent marksman and excelled with both the gun and bow. He also enjoyed fishing and all things nature. One of his favorite activities with his children and, more recently, his grandchildren, was to grab an ice cream cone and drive through Camp Atterbury looking for wildlife, often stopping to skip stones in the river. He loved spending time with family and watching old westerns.
David was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Dwayne Rice, in 1980. He is survived, and loved, by his mother, Shirley Feece-Giles; father, Joseph (Jenny) Rice; stepfather, Osbert Simpson; sisters, Teri (Ed) Short, Jennifer (Kerry) Utterback, and Michelle Simpson; a brother, Mark (Debbie) Rice; nieces, nephews, four children, 11 grandchildren and a very large extended family.
He touched many lives in many ways. He may have looked like a big ol' grizzly, but you could not find a more gentle or loving heart.
A memorial service will be conducted Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home in Edinburgh, IN. Calling hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by a brief eulogy at 5 p.m. Graveside military honors service will be held at Rest Haven Cemetery immediately following.
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