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Rice, Gene
Gene Rice passed away at the age of 86 on December 25, 2015 in Mesa, AZ. He was born in Chicago and moved with his wife Jean to Arizona from Rochester, NY 30 years ago. Gene joined the Illinois National Guard at age 17 and continued to serve our nation as a Navy officer and pilot for nearly 20 years. His wife Jean of 65 years preceded him in death in May 2015. He is survived by his children Jim (Colleen) Rice, Barbra DeLair, and Debbie (Bud) Collins; grandchildren Andree DeLair, Jason Rice (Heather), Steven (Cara) Rice, Brian Collins (Kim), and Elizabeth Collins; great-grandchildren Liam, Lincoln, and Kinley; and his caregiver Jordon Steele. Gene was a great story-teller, an entrepreneur, an avid baseball fan and loved racing. A celebration of his life will be held at Mariposa Gardens at 6747 East Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206 on Friday January 8, 2016 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 3, 2016
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