Joseph Rice

Joseph A. Rice
July 12, 1925 - February 19, 2013
Joseph A. Rice, 87 of Middleton went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on February 19, 2013. Funeral services will be held at Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell on Monday, February 25th at 10:30 a.m. He will be laid to rest in the Middleton Cemetery.
Joseph "Jiggs" was born July 12, 1925 at the family home near Lucas, Kansas, a son of Arthur S. and Hannah (Inman) Rice. He was the youngest of eight children. Joe married Vida V. Hayden August 23, 1944 at the Christian Church in Sharon Springs, Kansas. Jiggs trucked and farmed near Sharon Springs and two son, Lee and Steve joined their family. In December of 1952, Jiggs, Vida and sons bought a farm eight miles north of Caldwell, Idaho on Old Highway 30 where their last 2 sons, Mark and Brett were born. To supplement their income, Jiggs hauled milk, sold cars and farm machinery for B&M Equipment. Jiggs also worked for Idaho concrete and Simplot throughout the years. In 1959 he purchased a farm northeast of Middleton on Purple Sage Road where they presently reside. During the early 1960's he worked for Toft Machine Shop. Later Joe purchased a machine shop which was located at the Crookham Seed Co. in Caldwell and then Joe purchased a larger shop, Rice & Sons Machine and Metal Works on Ustick Rd. Jiggs and his son, Steve worked together to successfully build that business. Jiggs was also in the trucking business and leased under his son, Lee. He was an ambitious man of integrity that loved to serve his God, family and neighbors.
In 1990, Joe had a heart attack, open-heart surgery and subsequently retired. Vida and he enjoyed traveling in their RV and have shared many wonderful memories together.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-eight years, Vida; two sisters, Dorothy Horton of Canon City, CO and Alberta Hayden of Goodland, KS; four sons and their spouses, Lee and Doris of Caldwell, Steve and Brenda of Middleton, Mark and Laurinda of Idaho City and Brett and Jolyn of Middleton; 8 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and numerous step grandchildren.
He was loved and will be missed by many.
The family sends a special thanks to his dear caregiver, Sonia Everest of Star and XL Hospice.
Condolences to honor him may be made to Hope House, PO Box 550, Marsing, Idaho 83639-0550 or the Canyon Springs Christian Church building fund in Middleton, ID (208-585-6788.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family in Mr. Rice's online tribute page at

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 22, 2013