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Larry Melvin Rice

Larry Melvin Rice

Larry Melvin Rice, 78, of Park Rapids, MN died on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at his home.

Larry was born on June 15, 1938 at home in Badoura township, the son of Edward Calvin and Dorothy Mae (Hamm) Rice. He grew up at Badoura Twp. where he attended the local country school. He attended the 5th through 7th grade in Akeley, MN and then he attended school in Nevis, graduating in 1956. In 1958 he went to work at Scott Atwater in Mpls for 5 years as a machinist. He was united in marriage to Connie L. Lindow on Nov. 6, 1959 in Akeley, MN. They moved to Blaine, MN where they raised their family and lived for 33 years, during which time Larry worked for Honeywell Manufacturing as a machinist/foreman. He retired in 1995 and they moved to Park Rapids in 1996.

Larry was a former Teamster Union member. He enjoyed hunting/fishing, playing cards, doing crosswords, antiquing, berry picking, yard work-lawn work, growing apples and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife- Connie L. of Park Rapids, MN; his sons- Thomas Rice of St. Paul, MN; Robert (Lisa) Rice of Nevis, MN; William (Michelle) Rice of Nevis, MN; Daughters - LeAnn (Hart) Engen of Cass Lake, MN; Tammy (Chris) Wickstrom of Blaine, MN; Jennifer (Troy) Franks of Randall, MN; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. His sisters - Julia (Loren) Avenson of Nevis, MN; Mary Goochey of Park Rapids, MN; Sharon (Garold) Edwards of MN; Phyllis (Ralph) Sutton of Phoenix, AZ; Kimberly (Palmer) Larsen of Blaine, MN; his brother - Dale (Ardell) Rice of Park Rapids, MN; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents - Ed and Dorothy Rice; and his brother in law - Robert Goochey and his niece Renee.

Memorial Services will be held on Sat. Nov. 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Park Rapids, MN. Visitation will be held for 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Deacon John Zinniel will officiate. Friends may leave on line condolences at Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids, MN are handling the arrangements.