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George E. Rice Sr

1931 - 2018

George E. Rice Sr., 87, of Montandon passed away Sunday morning, November 25, 2018 at his home.

Born in Strawberry Ridge on July 1, 1931, he was the son of the late John C. and Anna Rhoda (Yocum) Rice.  He was married to the former Thrisie Thompson.  Together they celebrated 49 years of marriage until her death in 2002.

George worked as a farmer, in coal mines and retired from American Home Foods in 1993.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and small engine repair.

He had served in the US Air Force.  While serving he was a member of the Polar Bear Club in Thule, Greenland and the Knights of the Blue Nose for crossing the Arctic Circle.

George was a member of the United in Christ Lutheran Church, the NRA, the American Legion Post 841 in Montandon, the VFW Post 1665 in Milton and the Loyal Order of Moose #171 in Milton.

He is survived by six children Deborah K. Smith and her husband Rob of Lewisburg, George E. Rice Jr and his wife Robin of Montandon, Anna Gima of Montandon, Dewey Rice and his wife Pat of Sunbury, Terry Balliet and her husband Steve of Watsontown, and Clara L. Rice of Milton; 13 grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 11 step great grandchildren; two great, great grandchildren and two step great, great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a great grandson Noah Doebler; four brothers Elwood, Walter, Samuel and john and five sisters Ruth St. Clair, Mildred Baker, Clara Ranck, Dora Whery and Christina Ackley.

Friends and relatives will be received on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the United in Christ Lutheran Church1875 Churches Road, Lewisburg.  Funeral services will begin at 11:00with the Rev. Justin G. Ligenfelter officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Church Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of the Shaw Funeral Home 400 N. Front St. Milton.

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Thoughts and prayers to your family. George was a great to chat with.

To all my cousins and their families, I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle George. We didn’t know anything was wrong. It hurts to lose your daddy and I’m sorry for your pain. Love you all, Carrie

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