Gary Albert Rice, 79

Gary Albert Rice, 79, of Marion, passed away at 8:11 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.  He was born on Aug. 16, 1941, in Wabash, to the late William A. and Dorothy J. (Wortley) Rice.

Gary was a 1959 Wabash High School graduate and a 1961 graduate of Lain Technical Institute. Gary worked for fifteen years for Chrysler as a Diecast Engineer. He also worked as a Diecast Engineer Manager for Auburn Diecast in Michigan, Allen Stevens Diecast in Pennsylvania, and Littlers Diecast in Albany.  After retiring as an engineer, he became a licensed relator in Muncie.

Gary was a member of the Society of Die Casting Engineers, Academy of Model Aeronautics, East Central Indiana Robotics of Matthews, Parents without Partners of Marion, Woodcraft Association in Wabash, and Apartment Association of East Central Indiana. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Wabash and attended Unity Christian Church in Marion.

Gary is survived by his brother, Randall W. (Judy) Rice, of Saint College, Pa.; and his companion of the last seven years, Marilyn Bennett, of Marion.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021, at McDonald Funeral Homes, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash with Pastor Kevin Greenlee officiating.  Burial will follow at Speicher Cemetery in Urbana.

Calling for family and friends will be two hours prior to the funeral service, starting at 9 a.m., at the funeral home.

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Posted on 2021 Jun 17