VeteranRobert Rice

Robert RiceRobert E. Rice, 88, of Rushville died at 6:39 p.m. Sept. 30, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Macomb, a son of Winnie and Lola Haley Rice. He married Mary Harkless on May 2, 1948, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Robert Jr. (and Connie) Rice of Acworth, Ga.; one daughter, Cindy (and Kent) Paisley of Rushville; one brother, Ron (and Ruby) Rice of Rushville; two sisters, Marjorie Whitfield of Port Huron, Mich., and Ruby Wolesky of Owatonna, Minn.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, infant Everett Lee Rice and Russell “Bud” Rice.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II serving overseas in Okinawa, Japan.

He worked at Pickinpaugh Motor Company and Winnie Rice Garage for years. He later owned and operated Bob’s Dent Shop before retiring.

He was a member and past commander of Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and helped with Military Funeral Details for years. He also was a member and past commander of Guthrie Pierce Post #1239 Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of Voiture #1100 40&8, serving as past Chef De Gare and past Grand Cheminot of the Fifth District of Illinois. He served on Rushville Fire Department for years. He was a member of Rushville Lodge #9 AF & AM, Quincy Consistory, Ansar Shrine of Springfield, Ansar Clown Unit, 22 Club, Late Knight Cruisers Car Club and Scripps Park Wednesday Night Golf League. He was a charter member of Schuyler Karting Club and served on the first Schuy-Rush Park Board.

Services were held Saturday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. John Sowers and Mr. David Haney officiating. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery with Military Honors by a U.S. Army Honors Detail and Schuyler American Legion Post #4.

Memorials may be made to Rushville Fire Department or Honors Flight Program.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 10/8/2014


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