Robert E. Rice, 85, of rural Lagro, died at 2:40 p.m., March 31, at his home. He was born Oct. 15, 1927 in Lagro, to Herman and Maude (Mason) Rice.
He was a 1946 graduate of Lagro High School. He married EmmaLou Stone in Nappanee, Ind., on April 2, 1949; she died September 17, 2012. Bob retired from Celotex in Lagro in 1993 after 47 years and was also a farmer. He was a member of the Lagro United Methodist Church where he served on several church committees and was a former Sunday school teacher. He was a 50-plus year member of the Lagro/Wabash Masonic Lodge. He served on the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County board for 8 years, the Lagro Town Board, and Board of Trustees for the Lagro and Hopewell Cemeteries. He also coached Little League and Pony League Baseball in Lagro several years. He was an avid IU Basketball, Chicago Bears Football, and Chicago Cubs Baseball fan. He loved his family, his dogs, following his grandchildren’s sports activities, and riding his John Deere Gator.
He is survived by six children, Thomas (Melissa) Rice and Steven (Carolyn) Rice, both of Lagro, Barbara (Dennis) Biehl, North Manchester, Jane (Tim) Houlihan, Susan Rice, and Laurie (Randy) Shafer, all of Wabash, 15 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Donald Rice, and his sister, Lillian Baker.
Funeral services will be held at Lagro United Methodist Church, 1100 Main Street, Lagro, on Friday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Rick Borgman officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery, Lagro. Friends may call 4 - 8 p.m., Thursday, April 4 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash.
Preferred memorial is A.R.C. of Wabash County or Lagro United Methodist Church.
The memorial guest book for Robert may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.