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William G. Grice Jr. William G. Grice Jr., father of the Rev. Dr. William G. Grice III, and the husband of the late Dorothy Ahbe Grice, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, following a brief illness at the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau, Okla. He was born on Nov. 27, 1915, in Chicago, and was 96 years old at the time of his passing. Mr. Grice was born and raised in Chicago, and met Dorothy Ahbe, with whom he shared nearly 70 years of marriage, through "The Sprockets" bicycle club during the late 1930s. During World War II, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers and was responsible for staging supplies in the European Campaign. Following the war, he returned to Des Plaines and lived in the family homestead on Thacker Street until the time of his passing. Throughout his life, Mr. Grice was a self-employed printer. Over the years he was an active member of the Des Plaines Camera, serving in its various offices, the First Congregational Church of Des Plaines, the Des Plaines Lions Club, and as a volunteer at Lutheran General Hospital. Mr. Grice is survived by his son, the Rev. Dr. William G. (Ann) Grice III; four grandsons, Paul R. (Sandy) Grice, William G. Grice IV, Jonathan C. (Anna) Grice and Christopher A. (Ashley) Grice; plus five great-grandchildren, William G. Grice V, Kaitlin Grice, Abigail Grice, Elizabeth Grice and Riley Grice. There will be a visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the G. L. Hills Funeral Home, 745 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines. Services will be held at the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Des Plaines at 11 a.m., where he will lie in state beginning at 10 a.m., on Monday, Jan. 23, with internment following in the Town of Maine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Des Plaines History Center, Tower Hill Camp & Retreat Center, First Congregational Church of Des Plaines or Ronald McDonald House Charities. For additional information contact the G.L. Hills Funeral Home at 847-699-9003, www.glhillsfuneralhome.com or the First Congregational Church of Des Plaines at 847-299-5561.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Jan. 20, 2012
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