Bob Rice (1936 - 2018)

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  • "We are all better for knowing you, Bob. Our sympathy to..."
    - Dave and Barb Pritchard
  • "Bob brought me to Alaska in 1994 for the best job I ever..."
    - Steve Shuck
  • "Bob was our Officiant for our wedding, many years ago. He..."
    - Bryan Roussell
  • "Robert Armstrong Rice. Was born, as a fierce fighter, born..."
    - Alan Rice
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    - M C
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Bob Rice passed away on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at the age of 82. He was born on Aug. 21, 1936, in St. Paul, Minn., to parents Worth and Virginia Rice. Bob was one of three children that included his siblings Jean Schultz and Bill Rice. His bride of 42 years predeceased him in 2017. He is survived by Alan and Jim Rice.
Bob grew up with a spirit for competitive sports, excelling in boxing, football and hockey at St. Paul Central High School, which continued at the University of Minnesota. He left college to serve in the U.S. Army Infantry during the Korean War, but returned afterwards to receive a bachelor's degree in business.
Bob married Rosie Fern on May 24, 1975. They moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1982, where together they shared their passion for making and spending time with their friends. Their house was the location of numerous celebrations, weddings and gatherings.
Bob was the Chief Appraiser of Land for the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Service, where he worked on projects such as the Exxon Valdez recovery and even provided testimony to the U.S. Senate. He was a member of the Alaska Delegation that helped the celebration and commissioning of the USS Alaska on Jan. 25, 1986. He served in the Alaska National Guard, achieving the rank of Command Sergeant Major, and served during Operation Just Cause.
Bob was part of many organizations: AmVets, Post 2 and 49, Eagles Aerie 4207 and a number of other organizations throughout the years. He was well-known for supporting and leading organizations, helping others, making an impact in the community and always supporting veterans.
His fun personality will be sorely missed, but will live in our memories forever. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sept. 29, 2018, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4207.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 5 to Sept. 6, 2018
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