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Msgt. Edward W. Rice 1941-2011 Msgt. Edward W. Rice, Ret., 69, of DeLand, Fla., past away Jan 26, 2011 at the Florida Hospital DeLand with his wife, Shirley, by his side. Ed had been battling a very brave fight against cancer for two years. He was born on October 14, 1941 in Bennington, Vermont, the son of the late Walter and Ruth Rice of Arlington, Vt. Ed grew up in Arlington, attended AMHS and upon graduation joined the Air Force in 1959, served in Vietnam from 1966-1967, and retired with honors in 1979. Ed is survived by his wife of 20 years, Shirley; daughters, Deb Gale and Melissa Simpson of Colorado, Shirley McLeod, Susie Rice, and Michelle Rice of Florida; step-sons, Richard Chestna and Ronald Hesketh of Florida; step-daughter, Sandra Mayo of Colorado; brothers, Walter and Bill Rice of Vermont; sisters, Sandy Zimmer and Joanne Clayton of Vermont, and Beverly O'Dell of Pa; 21 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 at Trinity Methodist Church, 306 W Wisconsin Ave, DeLand, FL. ,

Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 17, 2011
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