Richard Rice

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SMETHPORT - Richard Wayne Rice, 69, of Smethport, died Saturday (Dec. 26, 2015) in UPMC Hamot of Erie.
He was born Nov. 27, 1946, in Port Allegany, a son of Donald and Ruby Shields Rice.
Mr. Rice was a 1964 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School and was a veteran in the U.S. Army, serving during Vietnam.
He was employed by St. Gobain of Port Allegany, retiring in 2005 after 40 plus years of work.
Mr. Rice was a family focused man and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid dirt track race fan. He loved music and singing and was a dedicated football fan. He had also been a member of the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.
He is survived by one daughter, Heather (Matthew) McKean of Smethport; one son, Troy Rice of Asheboro, N.C.; three grandchildren, Tristen Rice, Aiden and Madelyn McKean; one brother, Don (Donna) Rice of Duke Center; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Rice was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Roger Rice; and one sister, Patricia Baber.
There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Fairmount Cemetery, Farmers Valley, with the Rev. Allen D. Young, pastor of the East Smethport United Christian Church, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Hamlin Memorial Library of Smethport; or a .
Online condolences may be made at
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Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.
2 Bank Street
Smethport, PA 16749
(814) 887-5565
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Published in The Bradford Era from Dec. 28, 2015 to Jan. 4, 2016
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